In Mexico, at the foot of the Popocatépetl volcano, the race 1 of the Puebla ePrix, with the single-seaters driven by the electric motor, won by the driver of Audi Lucas Di Grassi, followed by teammate René Rast. Edoardo Mortara ends the trio on a performing one Rokit Venturi Racing, who manages to get the second podium for the Monaco team, first instead of the Swiss in Formula E.
Cold shower for Porsche came close to victory thanks to Pascal Wehrlein who led the race in first position for its entire duration, but was disqualified for a technical irregularity on his car. The same fate befell the Porsche # 36 of teammate André Lotterer.
Formula E 2021 ePrix Puebla race, Audi double
The race 1 of the ePrix of Puebla 2021, in Mexico, it was no different from the others to which the championship has accustomed us. Dueling to the last breath, withdrawals, doors and twists, certainly did not miss in the first overseas appointment, double header stages 8 and 9, which decreed the turning point of the world championship entered the heart of the action.
A few kilometers from the large volcano that overlooks the circuit area at 2,000 meters above sea level, the electric single-seaters challenged each other on an oval track that put a strain on the Michelin tires, which were exhausted at the end of the running. The champion of the Season 3, Lucas di Grassi on an Audi completely different from that of the last few appointments. Having started eighth, the standard-bearer of the Ingolstadt house has reassembled the china benefited by a single-seater at ease on the Miguel E. Abed racetrack.
The race comes alive after the last one Safety Car (caused by the withdrawal of Sam Bird went to the wall, pushed to the wall by Sims, coming out of the Attack Zone) which canceled all the advantages that had been created. Poleman Pascal Wehrlein manages to get away immediately, gaining precious meters curve after curve, leaving the void behind him. The advance of Porsche’s German was also favored by the skirmish that took place in the home of the BMW cousins, where Guenther and Dennis put a spoke in each other’s wheels.
Edoardo Mortara took advantage of this situation in the first place, who undermined the BMWs finishing in second position and then undergo the advance of the Audi: that of Di Grassi first, and of the three-time DTM champion René Rast immediately after. The Swiss driver of Rokit Venturi can do nothing as he sees the possibility of finishing on the podium vanish, but only until the end of the race. Then, however, comes the communication that both Porsches were disqualified for technical irregularities, so Edoardo Mortara joins the celebrations on the podium of the two Audi to the delight of Susie Wolff.
Porsche disqualified at technical checks for irregularities
The communication of disqualification for technical irregularity on both 99X Electric cars, it must have been like a cold shower for Porsche. Before the retirement, Pascal Wehrlein led the race in first position for its entire duration (except during the exchanges in the Attack Zone) keeping the two BMW drivers at bay. On the eve of the Puebla ePrix, Porsche Formula E team principal Amiel Lindesay was confident that the free victory for the Stuttgart-based company would come to Mexican soil. To tell the truth, he didn’t make the wrong prediction, a pity only for the retirement.
Antonio Felix Da Costa is certainly one of the rejected players. In the final minutes the reigning champion sinned for being too nervous in the race: he was in the fray with the podium area close at hand but too much contact with Guenther’s BMW made him lose the clarity he usually is well equipped with. He closes the race in sixth position, but it could have certainly gone differently.
Race 1 podium FORMULA E 2021 ePrix Puebla results
The podium of the second race of Formula E 2021 ofePrix of Puebla is formed from:
1) Lucas Di Grassi – Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
2) René Rast – Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
3) Edoardo Mortara – Rokit Venturi Racing
EPRIX Puebla Race Standings, ORDER OF ARRIVAL RESULTS
|1||11||Lucas Di Grassi||Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler||LEADER||25|
|2||33||René Rast||Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler||+0.497||19|
|3||48||Edoardo Mortara||Rokit Venturi Racing||+2.774||15|
|4||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||+10.443||13|
|5||27||Jake Dennis||BMW I Andretti Motorsport||+11.473||10|
|6||13||Antonio Felix Da Costa||DS Techeetah||+11.624||8|
|7||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team||+12.022||6|
|8||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||+12.351||4|
|9||17||Nyck De Vries||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team||+12.936||2|
|10||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||+13.154||1|
|11||8||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||+14.548||0|
|12||12||Maximilian Gunther||BMW I Andretti Motorsport||+15.257||0|
|13||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||+15.442||0|
|14||71||Norman Nato||Rokit Venturi Racing||+15.756||0|
|15||7||Sergio Sette Camara||Dragon Penske Autosport||+16.971||0|
|16||23||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan E.Dam||+17.127||0|
|17||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||+17.942||0|
|18||6||Joel Eriksson||Dragon Penske Autosport||+18.285||0|
|19||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan E.Dams||DNF||0|
|20||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||DNF||0|
|21||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||DNF||0|
|22||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||DNF||0|
|23||36||André Lotterer||Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||DSQ||0|
|24||99||Pascal Wehrlein||Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||DSQ||4|
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