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13.02.19.

Round four of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Mexico City

The fourth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship will mark the fourth time the all-electric series has visited the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend (16 February). The 22 Gen2 cars are set to thrill the sold-out grandstands of the famous Foro Sol as the championship makes its last visit to the Americas before the season finale double-header in New York City in July.

Mexico City has historically been a happy hunting ground for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad, with Daniel Abt taking an emotional win which marked the beginning of a real turnaround for them in season four, while Lucas di Grassi took victory for the squad a year earlier.

Last time out
The Santiago scorcher last time out looked like it would bring Sebastien Buemi his first win for the newly-formed Nissan e.dams team, but a dramatic crash late on in the race for the Swiss season two champion allowed Sam Bird to surge to victory for Envision Virgin Racing, with each now leading the respective driver and team standings.

The hottest Formula E race on record did nothing to subdue the enthusiasm of the Chilean fans that packed the grandstands, and in the last couple of laps it looked like series newcomer Pascal Wehrlein would challenge Bird for the win. He ultimately settled for second place, partly for fear of overheating his Mahindra Racing machine in the pursuit of the leader, but it was still an impressive showing of speed from the young German, who must now surely be eyeing a win in his debut season.

Daniel Abt crossed the line third to take Audi’s first podium of the year, and with some momentum behind him, last year’s Mexico City winner will undoubtedly be one to watch once again.

There was drama aplenty further down the field, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne being spun around following a concertina of contact from his DS TECHEETAH team-mate Andre Lotterer and round one race winner, BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa.

Attack Mode Gladiators
The new-for-season-five Attack Mode has proved a great success over the first three races, providing thrilling, unpredictable and tactical action throughout the field. The mode, which must be activated a number of times and durations specified by the FIA, gives drivers an additional 25kW of power to use, which has netted the drivers around one second of performance per lap so far this season.

In Mexico City, the fans in the sold-out grandstands will get a spectacular view of the Attack Mode action, with the activation zone which the drivers must drive over located off the racing line between turns eight and nine – right in the middle of the gladiatorial stadium section.

With drivers going off-line to make their activations, it will surely create another intriguing race of risk versus potential gain, and the possibility for the brave to take an opportunistic overtake around the activation zone.

FIA Girls on Track – Dare to be Different: Leaving a local legacy
The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission has teamed up with Susie Wolff and Dare to be Different to pilot an exciting new educational programme for girls aged between 8 and 18 years old. The first ‘FIA Girls on Track - Dare to be Different’ event symbolises the collaboration of two successful existing programmes and aims to reach a much broader audience and highlight the numerous opportunities for girls in motor sport - around 200 local girls will attend across Friday and Saturday.

The FIA Girls on Track - Dare to be Different aims to continue inspiring young women at grassroots level with enjoyable educational activities that provide a unique insight into what a potential career in the vibrant motor sport world can offer. Karting, a pit-stop challenge, media tutorials, practical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities as well as fitness and well-being workshops are designed to engage and motivate young girls and open their minds to the possibility of a career in the motor sport industry.

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FIA Smart Cities Forum: Measuring Smart Mobility
This will be the second time Mexico City opens its doors to the FIA Smart Cities Forum. Since the last FIA Smart Cities event, an impressive array of new mobility projects and regulatory changes has occurred in one of the world’s most vibrant city. This time, the discussion will focus on measurement and evaluation methods that help design evidence-based policies and services in the cities that are striving to become smart and innovative. Together with a wide range of experts from public, private and multilateral sectors, the Forum will explore some concrete measures to help advance the sustainable mobility agenda.

As always, the insight of the Formula E ecosystem will allow participants to see how new technological solutions developed in motor sport can help resolve problems linked to city planning, traffic and transit in large urban centres.

Finally, this season, the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest will move up a gear thanks to the involvement of MassChallenge, one of the world’s leading accelerators. The Contest will foster go‑to‑market strategies of top mobility and urbanisation technology start-ups.

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Championship Standings

Drivers Championship:

Sam BirdEnvision Virgin Racing

43

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA Racing

41

Antonio Felix Da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

28

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

28

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

28

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

22

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

21

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

19

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA Racing

18

Alexander Sims

BMW I Andretti Motorsport

18

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

15

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

12

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

9

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

6

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

4

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

2

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

1

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

0

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

0

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

0

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

0

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

0

Felix Rosenqvist

MAHINDRA Racing

0

 

Teams Championship:

Envision Virgin Racing

71

MAHINDRA Racing

62

DS TECHEETAH

47

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

    46

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

30

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

23

Nissan e.dams

21

VENTURI Formula E Team

12

NIO Formula E Team

4

GEOX DRAGON

2

HWA RACELAB

0