After excluding the possibility of a second race in the United States for the second year in a row, the fifth slot in the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E calendar was a hard void to fill as several cities tried their luck to host the ePrix. In the end, Mexico City will have the task of doing it.
It was announced this Thursday (19) that the Mexico City ePrix will be held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on March 12th, which replaces the one-year shot at the streets of Miami. The famous Mexican circuit held events like Formula 1, FIA World Sportscar Championship, Champ Car, A1 Grand Prix, Grand Am and a bit more, most of them taking the opportunity to tackle one of the most iconic corners in motorsport, the Peraltada, a fast corner with a slight banking which brought a lot of thrill to drivers and spectators.
After various track configuration changes, the circuit now receives the F1 in the full circuit, and will have the honor of being the first permanent track to host a Formula E ePrix, after speculation towards a travel to Imola, in a shorter 2.140 km course based in the oval track in the main straight complex, pretty similar of what the Monza circuit in Italia has.
Differently of a common flat oval track like the Milwaukee Mile, the Formula E track at Hermanos Rodriguez will feature 18 turns, as three chicane sections were added to the oval configuration, with one of them being in the middle of the Peraltada. Also, the circuit will make use of the baseball stadium complex, but instead of what was made in F1 and Champ Car, the exit of the stadium section will be pretty near of the entry.
Tickets for the Mexico City ePrix will be on sale on December 7th with 350 Mexican Pesos as the starting value (around 20 U.S. dollars). Unfortunately, Mexico doesn’t have a driver in Formula E at the moment as Salvador Duran opted to leave the Trulli Formula E Team.