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Stadium Attack Zone Confirmed for Mexico

Attack Zone area revealed for next weekend’s Mexico City E-Prix…

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The Attack Zone for next weekend’s Mexico City E-Prix will be positioned in the Foro Sol stadium section of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

The zone, which drivers drive through to activate the extra 25 kW of power allowed, will also be on the inside of the track for the first time since it was mandated at the start of the season.

Drivers will have to pull off line exiting the Turn 8 left hander to move across to the left inside part of the circuit before then blending back in to the following left-hand Turn 9.

The move to insert the Attack Zone area in the stadium, which has been largely full for previous E-Prix at the venue, has been made largely for spectator purposes in order for a more visual appreciation of the system to be witnessed by fans.

The placement of the Attack Zone is likely to see drivers more easily defend positions compared to previous races according to NIO’s Tom Dillmann.

“I think it will be hard for the guy behind to pass because you are covering the inside between Turn 8 and 9,” Dillmann told e-racing365.

“You will lose time obviously but even if you are behind really close you will lose on the outside of 9.”

Dillmann also believes that the entry in to Turn 8 could cause trouble during the race next Saturday.

“There could be some incidents actually because the apex speed in Turn 8 will be a lot slower than normal, so if you are behind you could be surprised by this. It will be tricky,” he said.

That area of track saw a spectacular multi-car incident in the 2017 edition of the race when Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld collided, triggering a melee which also involved Felix Rosenqvist and Mitch Evans.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Kris G.

    February 9, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    From a spectacle point of view, does make sense. FIA should rule 3 activations each one lasting 3 minutes to spice the race.

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