Team Aguri driver Salvador Duran is hoping to put on a show for his home fans during the inaugural Mexico City ePrix on Saturday.
Duran has yet to secure any points this season and after being forced to retire during the most recent race in Buenos Aires due to a damaged car, the 30-year-old is aiming to have more of an impact on home soil.
“I’m delighted that Mexico has a Formula E race and that I can be part of it,” he told CNN. “It’s going to be great for Mexico and for the series as well.”
While Sebastian Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Sam Bird will be considered favourites to claim the victory, Duran believes that everyone has a chance as none of the drivers are familiar with the track.
“Anybody can still win at this stage that is for sure,” he said. “We are now going to a track in Mexico City that no one has been to before and it can be about quickly you can manage that.”
Duran also revealed that Mexico has a rich racing tradition and believes that the first-ever Mexico City ePrix will be a big hit with the locals.
“Formula E is all about making history,” he said. “People are very, very excited. The fans here are loving the idea of having electric cars racing on Mexico City’s track. They want to understand more about what the cars are capable of doing and what the series is all about.
“We have a lot of racing history in Mexico. The Rodriguez brothers — Ricardo and Pedro — made it to F1 with Pedro winning some GPs [in 1967 and 1970]. Lately, Sergio Perez (Force India) and Esteban Gutierrez (Haas F1 Team) are doing a great job in F1.
“Right now is the best moment for Mexican motorsport for many years.”