Formula E: Gen 3 Era Kicks Off in Mexico City

News, Racing I By Justin Cornelison I January 16, 2023
Avalanche Andretti Jake Dennis

Avalanche Andretti‘s Jake Dennis won the opening race of the 2022/2023 FIA Formula E World Championship in dominating fashion, finishing almost 8 seconds clear of Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein – dawning in the 3rd generation of the Formula E car.  Leading for the last 30 laps, Dennis was uncatchable after passing pole-sitter Lucas Di Grassi early on.  Di Grassi would round off the podium after a valiant defensive drive, keeping the second Andretti car of André Lotterer & McLaren’s rookie Jake Hughes in his rear view mirror.

Avalanche Andretti Jake Dennis

Known for it’s competitive spec racing, where the only systems teams have control over are the hardware, software, and car set-up, Season 9’s season-opener didn’t disappoint during qualifying – seeing the top 20 cars have lap times within a half a second.  The race, however, started off slow with two safety-cars before the second lap finished, and drivers mentioning after the race how difficult it is to overtake in the new-generation Formula E car.

Pre-season favorites, DS Penske (the new alliance between DS Automobiles & Dragon Racing) were the biggest losers – seeing Stoffel Vandoorne collect the team’s sole point in 10th place, as Jean-Eric Vergne struggled after contact mid-way through the contest.

Will the new era of Formula E be a success this year?  The Series heads to Saudi Arabia in two weeks for a double-header before racing in India for the first time in the history of the Series.

Watch the race highlights below:

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