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Porsche between perfection & disaster: e-Formula.news driver ratings for the Mexico City E-Prix

Tim Neuhaus

Tim Neuhaus

The first E-Prix of season 10 is history, and once again Mexico City became the backdrop for a German success. Pascal Wehrlein dominated the competition in both qualifying and the race. On the other side of the Porsche garage, the overall picture was completely different. As is so often the case in Formula E, there was only a fine line between perfection and disaster. Our driver ratings.

After each round of the 2024 Formula E season, our editors award points on a scale of 1 to 10 for all drivers. They are then sorted according to their average "rating score". The rating is based exclusively on driving performance, not on the potential of the car or external circumstances.

We have made a small adjustment this year: Editor Tim Neuhaus comments on the top 3 performances during the E-Prix as well as on the weekend's total failure.

1. Pascal Wehrlein | TAG Heuer Porsche | 10.0 points

Mexico City and Pascal Wehrlein are an excellent combination. The German proved this last weekend with a clear pole position and a dominant race. Wehrlein was first on the grid in Mexico for the fourth time and was able to convert this into a victory for the second time.

With his excellent points haul, Wehrlein overtook Daniel Abt as the most successful German driver in Formula E history. The editorial team is unanimous: a flawless and unbeatable E-Prix weekend for the new championship leader. There was no way around the Porsche #94 in Mexico.

2. Sebastien Buemi | Envision Racing | 9.0 points

Even at the age of 35 and with nine Formula E seasons under his belt, Sebastien Buemi doesn't seem to be slowing down. The former champion of the electric racing series drove a confident and flawless opening race. In qualifying, Buemi was able to hold off a speedy Mitch Evans in the semi-final and was only beaten by Pascal Wehrlein in the final.

The Envision driver could possibly have closed the gap to the Porsche, but did not want to take the risk. A very good weekend with little room for improvement.

3. Maximilian Günther | Maserati MSG Racing | 8.7 points

After a crash in the first free practice session, Maximilian Günther quickly made up for his botched start to the race weekend. In qualifying, the number 7 Maserati was clearly beaten by the Jaguar of Mitch Evans, who set the fastest lap time of the weekend in that duel. But thanks to penalties for the Jaguar drivers, Günther nevertheless started the race from third place.

In the beginning of the race, the German held his position and only lost third place to Nick Cassidy, when the "kiwi" benefited from the safety car, when he activated his second Attack Mode. With the exception of FP1, Günther made no mistakes and pushed the Maserati/DS powertrain to its maximum performance. Twelve points for Maserati at the season opener is not only an outstanding performance, but also a beacon of hope for the rest of the season!

Flop of the E-Prix: Antonio Felix da Costa | TAG Heuer Porsche | 1.2 points

Happy to bits, sad to death - that's how we imagined the situation in the Porsche garage after the race. At no point was Antonio Felix da Costa able to keep up with team-mate Pascal Wehrlein. The lack of pace was compounded by a serious driving error in the race.

An overzealous overtaking attempt not only ended his race and robbed ABT driver Nico Müller of any chances, but also earned him a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming race in Diriyah. In retrospect, Wehrlein's victory should make the E-Prix even more bitter for Felix da Costa. Truly a disaster weekend for the 2020 champion.

This is how our editors voted:
Pos. Driver ⌀-Points Timo Pape Tobias Wirtz Svenja König Tim Neuhaus
1 Pascal Wehrlein 10,00 10 10 10 10
2 Sebastien Buemi 9,00 9 9 9 9
3 Maximilian Günther 8,75 8 9 9 9
4 Nick Cassidy 8,50 9 9 8 8
5 Jean-Eric Vergne 7,50 7 8 7 8
6 Mitch Evans 7,50 7 9 7 7
7 Jake Hughes 7,25 7 7 7 8
8 Nico Müller 6,75 7 7 6 7
9 Oliver Rowland 6,50 6 7 6 7
10 Jake Dennis 6,25 6 7 6 6
11 Stoffel Vandoorne 6,25 6 7 6 6
12 Norman Nato 5,75 6 6 5 6
13 Jehan Daruvala 5,25 6 4 5 6
14 Edoardo Mortara 5,00 4 6 4 6
15 Sacha Fenestraz 5,00 5 6 4 5
16 Sergio Sette Camara 4,00 4 4 3 5
17 Nyck de Vries 3,75 3 5 3 4
18 Sam Bird 3,75 3 5 4 3
19 Dan Ticktum 3,50 4 4 3 3
20 Lucas di Grassi 3,50 3 5 4 2
21 Robin Frijns 2,50 3 2 2 3
22 Antonio Felix da Costa 1,25 2 1 1 1

 
Decisive in the event of a tie: higher individual score in the driver rating. Decisive in case of identical points: better race result

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