Mahindra Racing heads to Mexico City for the fourth round of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship, with high ambitions to match the altitude at the race venue.
Mahindra Racing secured two top-ten finishes in the inaugural Mexico City ePrix last year and will be looking to build on that experience to leverage its strong start to Season Three, after two podiums and two fastest lap awards in the first three races.
Though the Buenos Aires ePrix may not have yielded results that fully represent the pace and performance of the M3Electro, the team was still able to set the fastest lap and now lies third in the Teams’ Championship rankings.
The Mexico City ePrix will be a tough physical challenge for the drivers. Many sections of the track will be tackled flat out through long curves, putting a great amount of stress on the drivers’ upper bodies as they continue to turn at high speeds.
The circuit will once again feature the iconic sequence through the Foro Sol baseball stadium, though some changes to the track layout have been introduced for 2017. Barriers have been put in place to deter drivers from cutting chicanes and turn one has been modified and its chicane removed.
Though temperatures will be similar to those in the Buenos Aires ePrix, teams will also be faced with an added challenge that comes with the altitude of the circuit.
Mexico City sits 2,250 metres above sea level, where the lower air pressure will adversely affect both the cooling systems and downforce of the cars.
Nick Heidfeld will be aiming to add to his podium position from Hong Kong.
“I’m really looking forward to the Mexico ePrix,” the German veteran said.
“The layout has been changed slightly and the chicane at turn one removed, so we have some homework to do. Last year the race was physically challenging for many of us, especially for me as it was only my second race after my wrist injury, so I’m in much better shape this year to cope with the g-forces.
“Driving through the stadium is unique with so many spectators and I hope we have a full house again!”
Felix Rosenqvist, in only his fourth Formula E race, will be chasing a hat-trick of fastest laps after claiming honours in both Hong Kong and Buenos Aires.
“We’ve had a great start to the season and the M3Electro has been strong at most circuits, but unfortunate events have prevented us from scoring even more points,” the 25-year-old Swede explained.
“We will be focused on scoring as many points as possible in Mexico without taking any risks to get back in the championship fight.
“I think the stadium section of the circuit will be really special, as there will be a lot of spectators and the Mexican racing fans are really keen!
“This will be my first time in Mexico – Buenos Aires was my first time in South America, so I’m looking forward to seeing the country as well.”
The race takes place this weekend.