Following a Mexico City ePrix that saw Oliver Turvey claim his maiden pole position in Formula E, the Englishman gave his thoughts on the circuit, the Mexican culture and his endeavours in the race.
The 30 year-old, who celebrated his birthday on race day, described the technical nature of the Mexican circuit and the unique Foro Sol baseball stadium section.
“The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez where the Mexico ePrix is held is quite a unique venue. The track is a lot smoother, much less bumpy than some of the others we race at.
“The main pit straight is quite wide but on the Formula E track the place where we enter the stadium is quite narrow. The track is twisty with a lot of corners and chicanes so is one of the more technical tracks on the calendar.”
“The stadium section here in Mexico is a really unique feature. It’s absolutely phenomenal when you come through to that part during the race and can see the crowd. It creates a great atmosphere. That’s definitely a really enjoyable section of the track, especially as you can hear everyone cheering. It makes it very special.”
The magical atmosphere created inside the Foro Sol would be incomplete without the passionate Mexican fans, whom Turvey recognises as highly important to the appeal of the ePrix. He also spoke of when he and team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr tried their hand at Mexican wrestling.
“The Mexican fans are very passionate about motorsport; it always makes for a great event here with a fantastic atmosphere. The people are very knowledgeable about motorsport and are very happy and excited to see us. It’s a great place for us to race and a very enjoyable place for us to drive.”
“As well as the atmosphere trackside, we also got the opportunity to try out Lucha Libre this weekend, which is Mexican wrestling. It’s really popular in Mexico and some of the stunts that we saw were incredible. Nelson and I were taught a few, which was brilliant fun.
“It’s quite daunting seeing huge men in brightly coloured masks throwing each other around in a ring, but it was great to get the opportunity to do something like this that most people don’t have the chance to.”