- Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship begins with a win for Avlanche Andretti driver Jake Dennis in Mexico City.
- Pascal Wehrlein was second and Lucas di Grassi completed the podium in third
- The first race of the all-new Gen3 race car sees Porsche-powered cars finish 1-2, capturing four of the top seven final positions.
Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis and Porsche answered many questions as Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship opened with victory at the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix on Saturday.
Dennis won from second on the grid and won the race ahead of TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team driver Pascal Wehrlein. Wehrlein started sixth and worked his way through the field to second place, 7.816 seconds back in the race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.
Mahindra Racing’s Lucas di Grassi started from pole and completed the podium with a third place – 11 seconds off Wehrlein.
“The fans here have been amazing,” said Dennis. “On that last lap I could really hear them cheering. To start on the front row and then to win so far with a one-two for Porsche – big compliments to my team. It was such a physical race. These cars are so physically difficult to drive and with less grip it becomes even more difficult. But it’s even more rewarding, especially when you win by five seconds.
“My team and I have such a good relationship with each other. We just work so well together. It didn’t look like it happened in qualifying, we flipped it, made a few small adjustments for the race and absolutely nailed it. Kudos to my boys, that’s a small reward for them and we’re hoping for more success because Saudi isn’t that far away. Time for some tequila with the team, amazing race.”
The race was the first in Formula 3’s Gen3 era and it was unclear who would have the upper hand in the opener. As it turned out, Porsche-powered cars finished 1-2 and captured four of the top seven finishing positions in the 22-car field.
“What a great start to the season. A one-two and four Porsche 99X Electric Gen3s in the top seven – that’s an excellent result,” said Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “We showed that we can deliver. Now it’s about maintaining this level for as long as possible over the rest of the season. We are happy about this great achievement. It can go on like this.”
Dennis made the move that would win the race on lap 12, with the Brit taking advantage of a gap from di Grassi. From then on, Dennis extended his lead and, after three safety car periods, was able to take the lead in the race and ultimately led the way over Wehrlein by more than seven seconds.
Last year’s winner in Mexico City, Wehrlein, was satisfied with his second place.
“Great start to the season, this place was great,” said Wehrlein. “When you start P6 and end up P2, that’s really, really good. I’m very grateful to the car and my teammates for that, I think we’ve worked really hard over the last few months, especially in time.” last few weeks to Valencia. I just want to thank everyone on the team for their hard work. We have a clear goal this season and this is the best way to start it.
“It seemed like the pace was really good in the race, even in qualifying all the Porsche cars were super strong. We hope it’s not an isolated case and we keep working hard. Last year Mexico was our best race too, so.” We have to make sure we keep working hard to really understand the car and make progress. We want to fight for the championship and that’s a good start.”
Rounds 2 and 3 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship are scheduled for January 27-28 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.