Time to right some wrongs: Tech Forecast for Mexico City E-Prix
Posted on: 02 March, 2018
A near miss to a podium finish has us revved up and ready to excel at the Mexico City E-Prix. We are full of energy and drive to deliver peak performance as we head into the next race of the season. Here, our Chief Engineer, Vinit Patel, looks ahead to this weekend's race.
Mexico last year wasn’t the best finish for us, and we’re eager to go back and right some wrongs. We were fast on track, and up until the last three laps we were looking good for what would have been one of our strongest finishes for the year.
The strategy changes are based on the season four changes, we’ve got more power to deploy and work with. While there is nothing that particularly stands out in terms of strategic play other than keeping ourselves covered for every possibility or outcome in the race, there are a lot of incidents that happened last year that were not entirely random, and we’ve built tools into our toolset to be prepared for more of these.
While thermally not as challenging as Santiago, temperature differences will set moving targets through the day, but we’re an experienced team, and it’s an experienced grid, so we’ll be prepared for it. The altitude however, is something that will play a major part for the field in terms of the downforce due to the thinner air, and also in terms of cooling, varying with how teams are dependent on their cooling efficiency. While Formula E cars don’t depend as much on downforce as they do on mechanical grip, because of the altitude this will bring downforce into play and affect our performance window.
Though it is a semi-permanent circuit, the part used by Formula E is very bumpy and hence this makes for a very bumpy track for the cars to race on. Combined with the downforce available to us and the bumpy nature of the track, Mexico is more of a street circuit than people think it is.
The Techeetah one-two didn’t come as too much of a surprise as JEV has been a stronger contender since last year and Andre learned quickly after a dismal first few races. Audi’s issues in Lucas’ car are still surprising, and they’ll be right up there once they’ve got those under control; but we’ve had 4-5 cars emerge as genuine contenders for race wins, and we’ll definitely see a few more as we progress through the season.
Mexico has always had a tendency to have safety cars, and with high speed into slow speed sections, this invites overtaking and always throws excitement into the mix. Last year’s race was dominated by these, which led to Lucas’ win from an improbable position. With more opportunities to overtake and to be overtaken, it all adds to the excitement, and with the fabulous food and great people, Mexico City beckons!
Don’t forget to catch the excitement at the Mexico E-Prix on 3rd March, 2018 at 22:00 UTC. It’s going to be head-to-head till the finish!