Mortara leads Practice 1, trouble for Abt in Mexico City

Edoardo Mortara - fastest in Practice 1
Edoardo Mortara – fastest in Practice 1

After rain soaked the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez late last night, it was Venturi Rokit's Edoardo Mortara who set the pace on a damp track with a 1:09.273 time while Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt ,et with the barrier, bringing the session to a close early.

Behind Mortara were both Mahindra Racing drivers Pascal Wehrlein (1:09.620s) and Jerome D'Ambrosio (1:10.087s). Despite the early pace, both drivers face a 40-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox in their cars.

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt ended up in the wall
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt ended up in the wall

Mahindra's woes look set to continue after Wehrlein's legendary defeat just meters from the finish line in Mexico City last year. 23 cars and drivers finished the session within a second of each other, with NIO 333's Ma Qinghua being the only exception.

With colder temperatures making it harder to find the breaking point, drivers struggled through Turn 1 coming off the start/finish straight. Getting to grips with the new, longer track layout, the pack used the first session of the day to familiarize themselves with the circuit and prepare the car ahead of Qualifying.

With 11 minutes of the session left, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt ended up in the wall, bringing the Red Flag out and the session to an early end. The German's car sustained heavy damage to the front and the team now have the task of getting Abt back out on track for Practice 2 at 10:00am (local time).

Practice 1 Results:

Pos No. Driver Team Time/Behind
1 #48 Edoardo Mortara Rokit Venturi Racing 1:09.273 1m09.273s
2 #94 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing +0.347
3 #64 Jerome D'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing +0.814
4 #19 Felipe Massa Rokit Venturi Racing +1.053
5 #5 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team +1.137
6 #11 Lucas Di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +1.345
7 #23 Sebastien Buemi Nissan E.Dams +1.394
8 #7 Nico Mueller Geox Dragon +1.467
9 #36 Andre Lotterer Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team +1.498
10 #13 Antonio Da Costa Ds Techeetah +1.526
11 #20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +1.615
12 #17 Nyck De Vries Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team +1.675
13 #6 Brendon Hartley Geox Dragon +1.981
14 #51 James Calado Panasonic Jaguar Racing +1.982
15 #18 Neel Jani Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team +2.172
16 #25 Jean-Eric Vergne Ds Techeetah +2.254
17 #2 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing +2.315
18 #4 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing +2.366
19 #27 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport +2.582
20 #28 Maximilian Guenther BMW i Andretti Motorsport +2.585
21 #3 Oliver Turvey Nio 333 Fe Team +2.829
22 #22 Oliver Rowland Nissan E.Dams +3.138
23 #66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +3.191
24 #33 Qinghua Ma Nio 333 Fe Team +6.400

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