MEXICO CITY – Lucas di Grassi used a last-lap pass on Pascal Wehrlein to secure the victory in Saturday’s FIA Formula E event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Di Grassi initially challenged Wehrlein in turn one, but Wehrlein brushed off the attack. Not to be denied, di Grassi attacked again in turn three. Wehrlein stayed even with di Grassi and held serve to again maintain the lead.
However Wehrlein’s defensive moves came with a cost, draining much-needed energy from his car as di Grassi continued to attack. Di Grassi caught Wehrlein again in the run to the checkered flag, with Wehrlein defending the inside line.
That’s when disaster struck for Wehrlein as the battery in his car ran dry, allowing di Grassi to take the lead and get to the finish line first in a thrilling finish to the Mexico City E-Prix.
“I have to say – it was probably the best Formula E race of my career to date, because here it’s difficult to overtake and make the moves in the correct moment,” said di Grassi. “I managed to overtake (Oliver) Rowland when he went into Attack Mode, and then Wehrlein was a bit more than aggressive I’d say. I knew he was running out of energy. In the last lap I was behind him, pretended to go around the outside and he opened a small door just enough for the car to fit in and I went there. It was a crazy last lap and on the last corner he was closing the gap and I managed to be the winner. I couldn’t believe it.”
Wehrlein crossed the line second on the track, but was given a five-second penalty for cutting the fourth corner on the final lap. That promoted Antonio Felix da Costa to second, followed by Edoardo Mortara, Jerome D’Ambrosia and Andre Lotterer.
Wehrlein ended up sixth following his penalty.