Pascal Wehrlein has taken both his and Porsche's first victory in Formula E at the Mexico City E-Prix.
The German driver's prospects had looked strong heading into the race, given that he had qualified in pole position with teammate Andre Lotterer not far behind in third. The two were separated by championship leader Edoardo Mortara in second.
However, it was a difficult start to the E-Prix for Porsche. Mortara put his Venturi car into the lead on Lap 7, and both Wehrlein and Lotterer were then overtaken by Jean-Eric Vergne in the early stages of the event.
The Porsches were able to make a comeback as the race moved into its latter stages, though, having both conserved energy earlier on in the proceedings. This enabled Wehrlein and Lotterer to get back in front of Vergne, before Wehrlein overtook Mortara for the lead on Lap 28, with Lotterer soon following.
Wehrlein and Lotterer maintained position for the remainder of the E-Prix, whilst Vergne clinched third despite a close battle with Mortara and Robin Frijns. Mortara eventually finished fifth - though still leads the championship - after slipping back behind Vergne's Techeetah teammate Antonio Felix da Costa.
A difficult day for reigning champion de Vries
It was a difficult race for the reigning World Champion, Nyck de Vries. After initially running in the points for much of the event, the Mercedes-EQ driver dropped out of the top 10 before clawing his way back up to P6 in the final laps, helped by other cars running low on energy.
De Vries' teammate Stoffel Vandoorne also had a tough day. The Belgian looked to be on course for a points finish, but a collision with Lucas di Grassi later in the race pushed him down to P11.
After de Vries in sixth, the rest of the top 10 was completed by Frijns, Sebastien Buemi, Maximilian Guenther and Jake Dennis.
With the Porsches crossing the line with one second to go, the addition of an extra lap caused some energy consumption worries for some, but Wehrlein and Lotterer faced no such problems.
Wehrlein's debut Formula E win puts him up to third in the championship standings on 30 points, though Lotterer is on equal points just behind in fourth. Mortara remains in the lead on 43, whilst de Vries has 38 points in second.
The next race on the calendar will be the Rome E-Prix on 9-10 April.
2022 Mexico City E-Prix results
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