Vergne hopes FE never returns to "decomposing" Puebla circuit

Jean-Eric Vergne has called on Formula E to “never ever” return to the Puebla E-Prix venue amid claims the track was breaking up along with water bubbling through the asphalt. 

Vergne hopes FE never returns to "decomposing" Puebla circuit

The Miguel E. Abed circuit received an unlikely call up to ensure Mexico remained on the calendar in 2021, with the regular Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track dropped while a COVID vaccination centre remains on site.  

Heavy rain during the Friday media day in Puebla led to water emerging through some corners of the oval-based configuration during qualifying on Saturday at a particular cost to the group one runners. 

That combined with patches of asphalt allegedly beginning to break up during the hotter temperatures of the Sunday race led double champion Vergne to call on the championship not to return to the circuit.  

He told Motorsport.com: “The water was coming back up. I don't understand how that's even possible.  

“And then the track was getting into a million pieces at the exit of Turn 1 and in the middle of Turn 9. 

“We go in the middle of qualifying and we lose two second from FP3 to qualifying because of the water rising. It's sunny.  I did not enjoy the track.” 

Read Also:

Vergne added that damage to his DS Techeetah machine in the second race, the result of early contact with the Mahindra Racing car of Alex Lynn, led to “one of my worst races in Formula E in terms of car handling”.  

He had started fourth but was leapfrogged by Envision Virgin Racing rookie Nick Cassidy, who eventually scored second after a five-second penalty for Pascal Wehrlein after the Porsche driver was adjudged to have improperly used his fanboost. 

Vergne then spun on lap 24 of 32 at Turn 9 while using the regen paddle, eventually rejoining in seventh.

He shipped another place to BMW Andretti driver Maximilian Gunther into Turn 1, running wide at the apex and collecting part of an advertising banner that had been ripped off by Alexander Sims.  

The French racer said that the spin was a result of damage to his floor from the early contact with Lynn and then hitting the uneven Tarmac. 

Vergne said: "Today I was hit at the start by a Mahindra and that destroyed my floor. My handling today was awful.  

“It was clearly one of my worst races in Formula E in terms of car handling. I had so much oversteer here.  

“I just hit a little bit of the track that was decomposing. I hope we are never ever coming back to this track.”

shares
comments

Related video

Wehrlein loses Puebla podium for fanboost infraction
Previous article

Wehrlein loses Puebla podium for fanboost infraction

Next article

How Puebla gave Formula E's new points leader breathing space

How Puebla gave Formula E's new points leader breathing space
How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race Prime

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

With Mercedes gone and DS moving teams, Jaguar has a big opportunity at the start of Formula E's Gen3 era. The technical challenges in understanding the new car have been vast, with senior figures James Barclay and Phil Charles outlining to Motorsport.com the pitfalls along the way

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title Prime

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

After Nyck de Vries was crowned Formula E champion in 2021, his Mercedes teammate Stoffel Vandoorne stepped forward this season as the Gen2 era and his team bowed out. As he did on the way to the GP2 crown in 2015, the Belgian achieved a peerless level of consistency and was only outside the points once, with his sole win in Monaco sufficient to head off a chasing pack headed by Mitch Evans

Formula E
Sep 19, 2022
Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season Prime

Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season

With his winning streak coming to an end this season, the 2021-22 Formula E season was tumultuous for Sam Bird, failing to gather momentum as Jaguar generally struggled. But the long-term favourite looks forward to bouncing back next season as the championship enters its new era

Formula E
Aug 30, 2022
What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2 Prime

What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2

The 2021-2022 Formula E season finale brought the curtain down on the Gen2 era of the all-electric world championship. It elevated FE to new heights, fulfilling its intended directive. While it is a good launching pad for the impending Gen3 cycle, there are certain aspects the series must tackle for the new era to have the same impact as its predecessor

Formula E
Aug 16, 2022
The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge Prime

The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge

The odds were heavily stacked in Stoffel Vandoorne’s favour to capture the Formula E crown at the Seoul finale, but chief rival Mitch Evans applied maximum pressure with victory in the first race. It meant Vandoorne had to show his resolve to reproduce the key qualities he held all season to complete his march to the title

Formula E
Aug 15, 2022
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Prime

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks.

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Prime

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there.

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022
How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London Prime

How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London

The penultimate stop on Formula E's world tour took in London's ExCeL, where the championship contenders were upstaged by two first-time winners in 2022. Andretti’s Jake Dennis kept the home fires burning in the first race as Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi claimed the second, but two consistent finishes mean its advantage Stoffel Vandoorne heading to the Seoul finale.

Formula E
Aug 1, 2022