Formula E: Porsche 1-2 in Mexico City

Pascal Wehrlein led home André Lotterer in a historic one-two for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in Mexico City, with the pair finishing nine seconds clear of the pack, and both driver and team sealing maiden victories in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 12: Pascal Wehrlein (DEU), Tag Heuer Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric during the Mexico City ePrix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday February 12, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

Porsche executed the perfect race, with Wehrlein leading from Julius Baer Pole Position and fending off standings leader Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) early on. The pair did drop into the pack behind the Swiss-Italian and Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) for a brief period but gained a mighty energy advantage on the rest while still matching the leaders’ pace.

Into the final 15 minutes, Wehrlein and Lotterer picked their moment and dispatched Vergne and then Mortara for the lead, and from there, the Stuttgart manufacturer dictated in both pace and energy management.

By the checkered flag, Wehrlein and Lotterer had nine seconds in-hand on the rest and were able to soak in the adulations of the tens of thousands of fans packing the famous Foro Sol stadium as they toured to the finish line – more than making amends for the heartbreak in Puebla last season.

#94 Pascal Wehrlein, #36 André Lotterer

Vergne was able to bring the DS TECHEETAH home in third, with teammate da Costa battling to fourth after a number of skirmishes. Mortara did enough to retain the Drivers’ World Championship lead with fifth – the Venturi more marginal on energy than the Porsches and DS’ as the race wore on.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ)  scrapped to sixth, a second ahead of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) showed a stronger turn this time out to take eighth and points, just ahead of teammate Maximilian Guenther and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti).

Mortara heads the Drivers’ standings by five points over de Vries, with Wehrlein jumping to third with the Round 3 race win.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship continues with Rounds 4 and 5 in Rome, Italy, on 9 and 10 April.

AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 13: Pascal Wehrlein (DEU), Tag Heuer Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric
Winner Andre Lotterer (DEU), Tag Heuer Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric
, 2nd position during the Mexico City ePrix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday February 13, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)


“That was really satisfying, with all the history I have here in Mexico it feels amazing to have the first victory for me and the team. I am so grateful for this team, I really love them. The car was amazing, and Andre did an amazing job. Today was our day, so let’s celebrate this evening.

“It was very important for me [to win here], I have raced here a couple of times in the Championship and been close so many times. Here in Mexico last year was heart-breaking to finish in P1 but then get disqualified. It was payback this weekend and it feels amazing.”

Pascal Wehrlein, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team


“Congrats to the team, congrats to Pascal – fantastic result. I was up on energy and had a good opportunity to take the lead, but we worked as a team and I think the strategy played out very well. If I had started in front of him it would have been the same story the other way around, I think from the team perspective it was the right call. We played it cool and showed a strong performance together.

“Its tough [not to get first E-Prix win] but that’s the sport, I should have qualified better and it would have been fine. Its nice for Pascal, he had a win taken away from him last year in Mexico, so karma came back for him.”

Pascal Wehrlein (r), André Lotterer, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team


“It was an interesting race, I had more energy than Mortara and was looking good for the win, but then my team asked me to change the strategy and I lost a lot of positions all of a sudden. I was able to get it back, but not catch-up with the Porsche. But I am very happy with this podium.

“It has been a tough weekend for me – I had food poisoning yesterday – and I did not feel very well today. But congratulations to the Porsche boys, they did an amazing race, the last time I did a 1-2 was with Andre, so well done to Porsche. Let’s keep pushing to score points in the races and come back in the Championship.”

Race Results

Pos Driver Team Laps Behind
1 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team 40 0.000s
2 Andre Lotterer Porsche Team 40 0.302
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 40 9.051
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Techeetah 40 9.975
5 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 40 18.356
6 Nyck de Vries Mercedes 40 19.020
7 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 40 20.232
8 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.Dams 40 23.394
9 Maximilian Gunther Nissan e.Dams 40 26.497
10 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport 40 26.829
11 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes 40 27.086
12 Lucas di Grassi Venturi 40 27.525
13 Nick Cassidy Virgin Racing 40 28.794
14 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 40 32.978
15 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 40 35.677
16 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 40 36.047
17 Oliver Askew Andretti Autosport 40 36.395
18 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team 40 44.607
19 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 40 1’02.458
20 Sergio Sette Camara Dragon Racing 40 1’21.406
Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon Racing 21 19 Laps
Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing 1 39 Laps


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