Mexico City E-Prix

Overview

Overview

For the third season running, Formula E returns to Mexico City to race on one of the highest racetracks in the world.

The race will take place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, of Grand Prix and World Endurance Championship fame. Panasonic Jaguar Racing will be looking to build on their strong track record from last season, where Mitch achieved a solid fourth place finish here in Mexico.

The track is unique in that Foro sol, a baseball stadium, was built inside the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez after the Mexican Grand Prix was halted in 1992. The Formula E circuit will see the teams racing through Foro Sol, providing a unique atmosphere for the tens of thousands of fans inside.

 

The circuit

When: March 3rd 2018
Track length: 2.09km
No. of turns: 17
Season 3 Winner: Lucas Di Grassi
Season 3 Lap record: Sebastien Buemi - 1:03.102
Track direction: Clockwise

About the circuit

The Mexico E-Prix takes place in the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez which, at over 2200m above sea level, is one of the highest altitude race tracks in the world.

The circuit is named after two Mexican brothers, Ricardo and Pedro Rodríguez, racing drivers who died in separate racing accidents in 1962 and 1971. The Formula E circuit is a modified version of the Formula 1 track, at roughly half the lap length. The famous Peraltada curve is preserved from the Formula 1 layout; an extremely fast banked corner leading into a long straight which facilitates some of the highest speeds in motorsport.

With 18 turns packed into little over 2km, Mexico will be a challenging technical circuit for all of the teams. Such a high number of turns, with three chicanes, means a lot of braking is required. This in turn affects the energy regeneration of the vehicles, a topic which will be on the minds of all the race engineers in Mexico. Despite this circuit’s challenges, it is a driver favorite due to its rich history and the incredible fan atmosphere as they race through the Foro Sol.

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City guide

Mexico is home to its very own form of professional wrestling, Lucha Libre (“free fight”). 

The sport is famous for the colourful costumes and masks the wrestlers wear. You can get up close to the action at one of the purpose-built arenas like Arena Mexico, often referred to as “the cathedral of Lucha Libre”. Just make sure you don’t get too close, as the luchadores are famous for their dramatic fights and aerial acrobatics!

Take in the awe-inspiring Mesoamerican architecture as you walk down the avenue of the dead in Teotihuacan, the largest city in the Americas before European contact. 

Take in the awe-inspiring Mesoamerican architecture as you walk down the avenue of the dead in Teotihuacan, the largest city in the Americas before European contact. 

The Xochimilco district of Mexico City is home to a maze of interconnecting canals and “chinampas”, artificial islands dating back to the Aztec empire.

The locals ferry tourists around on small boats decorated in a myriad of colours. Just be careful with your money, as with many prime tourism locations the locals will try and sell you small trinkets and can be very persuasive with their sales tactics!

Mexico City is a melting pot of old and new, with early colonial basilicas sharing the city with bold new architectural designs.

Take your time to explore the city on foot to see all the wonderful buildings it has to offer. The Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes are two of Mexico City’s most iconic colonial landmarks.

The Museo Soumaya in the west of Mexico City is an impressive example of the modern school, with a towering metallic façade designed as a homage to life growing out the ground. You won’t regret taking time out of a hectic race weekend to see these beautiful jewels in Mexico’s crown.

The Championship races

Hong Kong
Round 1-2
Marrakesh
Round 3
Santiago
Round 4
Mexico City
Round 5
Punta del Este
Round 6
Rome
Round 7
Paris
Round 8
Berlin
Round 9
Zurich
Round 10
New York City
Round 10-11

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