Mexico City ePrix to be streamed online

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Sam Bird topped the fourth race of the current Formula E season held early this month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fifth leg will be held in Mexico City on March 13. FIAFORMULAE.COM

Sam Bird topped the fourth race of the current Formula E season held early this month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The fifth leg will be held in Mexico City on March 13. FIAFORMULAE.COM

The fifth round of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile Formula E Championship to be held in Mexico City will be streamed online in the United Kingdom through YouTube, Dailymotion, and the Formula E media platforms.

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The Mexico City ePrix, which will be held on March 13 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, is the fifth race of the 2015-2016 Formula E season.

It will be the second edition of the race series that feature single-seater electronically powered race cars.

“While it is very unfortunate that the scheduling clash means the Mexico race will not be shown live on television in the UK, this does give us the opportunity to stream the race live on the internet and opens up the opportunity for a whole new audience to experience the thrill of Formula E,” said Formula E Director of Media and Communications Ali Russell.

Originally scheduled to be held on March 20 and aired live on ITV4, the race was later moved to an earlier date, making it clash with the TV coverage of the World Grand Prix Snooker Semifinals.

In the fourth race of the current Formula E season early this month, Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Bird started the race from pole and controlled the pack from the front, just using enough energy to keep Nico Prost (Renault e.dams) and then Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa at bay. While the Briton was untroubled at the front, from the back of the grid, Buemi was giving his all to try to work his way up the order.

The Renault e.dams driver pulled off an audacious four-wide move on the opening lap to ensure he vaulted from 18th to 15th in one fell swoop. From there on he meticulously carved his way through the pack, picking off his rivals one by one, so that he was into fifth place when da Costa’s car grinded to a halt.

Buemi’s second place means he extends his championship lead, but the way in which he was able to fight from the back demonstrated that victory would surely have been his had he not made the mistake in qualifying.

JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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