Porsche's strategy brought a double victory in Formula 1
In their third season in the all-electric Formula 1 car championship, Porsche finally won their first victory, which was even a double, after Pascal Verlaine and Andre Lotherer finished in the top two in Mexico City.
The two started first and third respectively in the adapted configuration of Hermanos Rodriguez and kept their positions at the start. However, less than ten minutes after the start, they were overtaken by Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) and Jean-Eric Verne (DS Techeetah), which ironically proved to be the key to the victory of the manufacturer from Stuttgart.
Mortara and Verne's airflow allowed the Porsche drivers to store more electricity in their batteries, making them very fast in the second half of the race. In it, they easily overtook the pilots in front of them and very quickly broke away from the column. In the final, their lead over Verne, who finished third, was 9,051 seconds.
Former champion Antonio Felix da Costa crossed the finish line fourth, finishing at 0.924 behind teammate Verne. Fifth place went to Mortara, who did not carefully assess his energy expenditure and had to save a lot in the final minutes. So he went under the checkered flag for 18.356 seconds behind the winner Verline.
For the German, the victory is also the first in Formula 1, as in the previous three years he was twice very close to success in Mexico. In 2019, Verlaine was literally overtaken in the last two meters by Lucas di Grassi, and last season the loss was even more painful. He crossed the first final in the first start in Puebla, but was disqualified almost immediately due to an administrative error by his team related to the use of tires.
In the drivers' standings after the third of 16 starts in the eighth season in the history of Formula E, Mortara remains at the top with 43 points, second with 38 is the reigning champion Nick de Vries (Mercedes), who finished sixth in Mexico and took the bonus point for the most the fastest tour. Third and fourth with 30 points each are Verline and Lotherer.
The 2022 Formula One season continues on April 9 and 10 with two races on the streets of the Italian capital Rome.