Race day kicked off in Mexico City and championship leader Sébastien Buemi led the way the first free practice session, after landing in Mexican soil just a few hours before the session. With many drivers showing a strong pace, it was the Swiss driver who managed to end the session at the top of the standings.
The early stages of FP1 were dominated by Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans, whose pace keeps improving since Buenos Aires. The first ten minutes of the session would see Germany’s Maro Engel struggling with his Venturi car and Jean-Eric Vergne taking the lead of the standings for a brief spell.
ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi moved to the head of the standings with 34 minutes to go and held the top spot before Faraday Future Dragon Racing’s Loïc Duval positioned himself in first place and remained in the top five until the end of the session.
With twenty minutes to go, reigning champion Sébastien Buemi and Vergne showcased a strong pace that would put them in the lead for several minutes. The Frenchman is having his best performances in Formula E with the Chinese team and once again, showed the incredible pace the team does have. He went to finish FP1 in fourth position.
The session ended with Buemi leading the standings, who had landed just a few hours before FP1 after an overnight flight, proving the strength he does have at the steering wheel. FFDR’s Duval and Jérôme d’Ambrosio came second and third respectively, one of the strongest performances for the team so far this season.
Local favourite Esteban Gutiérrez, making his ePrix debut with the Techeetah team, ended up 19th on his first taste of Formula E. Despite being second for a couple of minutes, problems surged again for Engel, who finished 18th. Stephane Sarrazin and Jose Maria Lopez, who also flew overnight, finished in P7 and P13 respectively.
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