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Closed Circuit: Venturi in Mexico City

Focus | ePrix

  • Engel impressed with a Super Pole appearance
  • Dillmann subbed for Sarrazin in the shakedown

Venturi arrived to Mexico City aiming to reverse the bad results they had been having in the previous two races. Despite not achieving the goals set ahead of the race, driver Maro Engel impressed the team with his pace in qualifying.


The Monegasque squad struggled in both free practice sessions, especially German driver Engel, who had already had issues with his car in Buenos Aires. However, the team impressed with his good pace in qualifying, where he drove brilliantly during Super Pole and secured P2.

However, the modifications done to the gearbox prior to qualifying meant both drivers took a grid penalty, with Stephane Sarrazin starting from P17 instead of P10, and Engel from P12, instead of P2.

Mexico proved to be a tough race for the Monaco-based team. Problems with the power of his car costed Engel to retire from the race, whilst a series of contacts made in the action-packed race did not allow Sarrazin to get to the points.

Team mate comparison: qualifying

  • Maro Engel
  • Stephane Sarrazin

Team mate comparison: race

  • Maro Engel
  • Stephane Sarrazin

Championship standings

  • Venturi


Germany’s Engel showed impressive pace in qualifying, which allowed him to get to Super Pole. He managed to get P2, his best qualifying result so far in Formula E.

However, modifications were found in the car’s gearbox, and it costed him a 10 place penalty, starting the race from P2.

He had a good pace for several laps and was able to swap cars, while being in ninth position. The promising race did not end as expected for the German, whose car lost power and had to be taken back to the pits for the German to retire.

Engel: lap chart

  • Maro Engel

Best time in FP1: 1:04.330s (P18)

Best time in FP2: 1:02.839s (P7)

Best time in qualifying: 1:02.974s (P4, P2 in Super Pole)

Best time in the race: 1:04.172s (Lap 22)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 61.499s (+1.499s)

Championship standings

  • Maro Engel


A clash with the WEC Prologue for Sarrazin meant that Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann piloted the VM200-FE-02 for the Friday shakedown while the Frenchman flew overnight to Mexico City.

He was able to qualify in P10, but the modifications made to his gearbox costed the team a penalty and ‘Mr Versatile’ started the ePrix from P17.

A race characterised by the actions going on in every lap was not a stranger to Sarrazin, who made contact and damaged the nose of his car. With the car fixed again, the Frenchman fought back and was in P15 when his car suffered further damage on his rear wing, impeding him from battling for higher positions.

Sarrazin: lap chart

  • Stephane Sarrazin

Best time in FP1: 1:03.421s (P7)

Best time in FP2: 1:02.915s (P11)

Best time in qualifying: 1:03.491s (P10)

Best time in the race: 1:03.384s (Lap 40)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 62.057s (+2.057s)

Championship standings

  • Stephane Sarrazin

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Images courtesy of FIA Formula E Media

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