Andretti Autosport zooms through Mexico City in the FIA Formula E Mexico ePrix

The Andretti Formula E Team brought racing back to the renowned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City this past weekend on Saturday, March 12 for the Mexico ePrix. Robin Frijns in the No. 27 Amlin Andretti car took home a fifth-place finish while teammate Simona de Silvestro in her No. 28 Amlin Andretti car took home 14th place.
 
The Autodromo is a flowing course that features 18-turns throughout its 2.092 km of track. The surrounding stadium has a seating capacity of 40,000 and over this weekend nearly each seat was filled. The passionate fans electrified the energy surrounding the race, madly cheering as each car flew past.
 
The Andretit Formula E crew attentively took care of the cars through the weekend without drama. However, race day brought plenty of action to the fans delight. It began in qualifying when Frijns and Qualifying Group 4 competitors were put on hold after Nelson Piquet Jr. struck a barrier and brought out a red flag.
 
After the long delay, track conditions had changed and slowed the Group 4 competitors immensely. The highest grid position in the group was Sam Bird’s 11th place followed by Frijns’ 13th –place effort. The spots were later adjusted to 10th and 12th due to penalties after qualifying.
 
de Silvestro had a smoother qualifying session in Group 3. She reached her best effort of the 2015/2016 season with a starting position of 12th, which later was adjusted to 11th.
 
The Amlin Andretti cars were positioned next to each other on grid for the start of the race. In the first few laps of the Mexico ePrix the No. 27 and No. 28 battled back and forth, pushing each other for position. Frijns followed de Silvestro into pit lane for the car change and in a nail biting exit, left the garage side by side.
 
Frijns and de Silvestro re-entered the race in 10th and 11th place, respectively. In his second stint it was clear the circuit complimented Frijns’ driving as he smoothly overtook six cars during the remaining time. Frijns passed Sarrazin early on but de Silvestro was unable to get around and found herself stuck in traffic.
 
Frijns continued his blitz to the front; patiently waiting and watching other drivers waste energy in their own fight to the front. De Silvestro was following suit but a last minute off course excursion dropped her back in the field. Frijns finished sixth and de Silvestro 15th. Due to Lucas Di Grassi’s car being underweight his win was revoked and thus Frijns final position was fifth while de Silvestro took home 14th.
 
The next ePrix will be the only U.S. -based race and will take place Saturday, April 2 in Long Beach, California. Making the Shorline Shockwaves ePrix the Andretti Formula E Team’s home race. The team will enter the event seventh in points for the Team Championship. For details on the event visit fiaformulae.com. 

 

Adam Sinclair