• Puebla race premiere

High-altitude, banked turn and extended Attack Mode zone

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team is in Mexico this weekend for Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2020-2021 season (June 19/20). The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is being contested in Mexico for the sixth time since the series’ inception. The previous five races all took place at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

This season, though, the all-electric racing series will be competing for the first time at Puebla, some 100 kilometres east of Mexico’s capital, the reason being that parts of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are still being used as a hospital for COVID19 patients during the current pandemic.

mercedes-eq silver arrow 02 driving in the box

After the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the 2.982 km Autodromo Miguel E. Abed is the second permanent racetrack to host Formula E races this season. The track has 15 turns taken in a counter-clockwise direction. A large part of the circuit is situated in the infield of an oval normally used by, most noticeably, the Mexican NASCAR series. Leading back to the main straight, Turn 15 is a banked corner which Formula E will also use. Turn 1 at the end of this section is one of the best spots for overtaking on the whole circuit and Turn 11 at the end of the second sector is another good place.

The Attack Mode activation zone is on the outside of Turn 8, so cars will have to deviate from the racing line a little more than usual as a result. The loss in time is expected to be over 2.5 seconds which will be the greatest amount ever seen till date in Formula E history.

Drivers and cars will have another challenge to face in that Puebla is situated 2,200 metres above sea level and at an even higher altitude than Mexico City.

The Puebla E-Prix will be the fourth double header of the season, with one race taking place on Saturday and another on Sunday. Race start is at 4.04pm local time (10:04pm BST).

ian james talking to a colleague at the valencia eprix

Ian James, Team Principal:

„It’s been a while since we last raced. We hit the streets of Monaco in early May, and came back home empty handed that time around. Coming back without scoring any points, we had a slight bitter taste in our mouths; we knew we could have achieved more. We now want to rectify that in Mexico. A lot of work has gone into making sure we are prepared as well as possible, and we don’t leave any stone unturned.

Having said that, it’s difficult to know what exactly to expect from the upcoming two rounds in Puebla. It is the first time Formula E will be paying a visit to the circuit. And it’s not an ordinary track for the series. But we like a good challenge."

ian james standing in the box at the valencia eprix in front of the mercedes-eq silver arrow 02

"I can’t wait to get racing again this weekend. As a double-header event, Puebla offers us two opportunities to show what we are made of. We have a great team. A group of people always looking to optimise the situation and improving in any area possible. That’s an immensely important and valuable strength. If we keep getting the best out of ourselves, optimising our performance every single round, we are going to have a great end to the season.”

nyck de vires sitting on a stairway at the moncaco eprix

Nyck de Vries:

“It’s been quite a while since the last race in Monaco. We’ve had a short break and are now going into the second half of the year. I’m really looking forward to it. The first half of the season was marked by many ups and downs, but we’re well placed all things considered. We’ve got an excellent car and a very strong team, plus, we’re fighting from the front. I feel ready for Mexico and hope we can continue to improve there. We’ve learned a great deal since the beginning of the year and have done a tremendous amount by way of analysis over the past few weeks since Monaco. Hopefully, we can capitalize and build on that to be even more consistent during the second half of the year.”

stoffel vandoorne standing in front of a house and looking at the camera

Stoffel Vandoorne:

“I’m really looking forward to finally getting back out on track. Monaco was a disappointing race for us, but we’ve used the time for a reset to carefully analyse all the data and get ready for Puebla. The track is new to everyone, which I think is to our advantage as we as a team tend to be good at preparing and adapting to face the new and unknown, but let’s wait and see how it goes! I feel very positive about the upcoming race weekend.”

Where to watch

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Round 8

Session Date Time (BST)
Practice 1 19 June 2021 14:00-14:45
Practice 2 19 June 2021 16:15-16:45
Qualifiying 19 June 2021 18:00-19:00
E-Prix 19 June 2021 22:04-23:00

Round 9

Session Date Time (BST)
Practice 3 20 June 2021 15:15-16:00
Qualifiying 20 June 2021 18:00-19:00
E-Prix 20 June 2021 22:04-23:00

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