Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi won the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix in a chaotic finish that involved five cars fighting for victory.
Poleman Pascal Wehrlein had led the first 44 laps of the race, but had overworked his tyres and was low on energy going into the final lap. This allowed those behind to close in, and the leader had to skip the final chicane to ensure he made it to the chequered flag.
The Mahindra driver lifted off at the finish line, with di Grassi, BMW Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara all pulling up alongside as they finish the race. A misjudged defensive move by Wehrlein didn’t stop di Grassi getting past, with the Brazilian squeezing his car between Wehrlein and the pit wall to take an unexpected victory.
Da Costa and Mortara completed the podium after Wehrlein was handed a five-second penalty for his chicane antics, with Wehrlein’s team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio nabbing fourth place and the championship lead after starting down in 19th on the grid.
DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer finished fifth, taking the position his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne would likely have finished in had he not been punted out by Jaguar’s Mitch Evans earlier in the race.
Wehrlein was classified sixth after his time penalty and does not appear to be under investigation for his finish line move, finishing ahead of Evans and the closely-packed trio of Felipe Massa, Sam Bird and Daniel Abt.
Massa had started in third, but struggled for pace in the second half of the race in his Venturi car, while Bird and Abt both started from the back and looked unlikely to score until the closing laps.
One of the biggest losers of the race was the Nissan e.dams squad. Oliver Rowland had been running second after a brilliant move for the position on the first lap, but made a mistake when going for Attack Mode and lost his position to di Grassi. This then led to a fight with team-mate Sebastien Buemi, which ended on the penultimate lap when both cars ran out of energy.
Formula E debutant Felipe Nasr finished last, while Nelson Piquet Jr caused an early red flag after a defensive move by Vergne launched him into the barriers at the second chicane.