Sébastien Buemi lead FP1 in Mexico city ahead of Loïc Duval and Jérôme D’Ambrosio. Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth and the fastest driver not on a 200kw lap.
This round in Mexico marks the debuts in Formula E for local driver Esteban Gutiérrez who would continue with Techeetah for the rest of the season. José Maria Lopez, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi missed the shakedown as they had arrived overnight from WEC’s prologue in Monza. Following shakedown, both Venturi would get a 10 place penalty.
Only 5 minutes into the session, under full course yellow, Maro Engel had to stop his car before eventually starting again. His car kept stopping and going again on track in the early stages of the session. The drivers struggled with a green and very dusty track.
After fifteen minutes, Lucas Di Grassi was leading from Loïc Duval and Nicolas Prost. Lopez managed to claim fastest time a few minutes afterwards with Gutiérrez continuing his learning of the car. Robin Frijns was put under investigation for dangerous manoeuvre (no further action) while Adam Carroll was forced to lock up in his pit lane entry.
With twenty minutes to go, Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest time of the session. Mitch Evans was the first driver to go for a 200kw lap and went third behind Vergne and Buemi who reclaimed fastest time. The Frenchman eventually went even faster with 14 minutes to go.
With ten minutes to go, Frijns claimed the fastest lap on a 200 kw lap. Many drivers went for qualifying laps like Duval who went fastest for quite a long time before Buemi got fastest time despite being held up by Gutiérrez. Many other drivers suffered from spins like Lopez, Neslon Piquet or Felix Rosenqvist.
Sébastien Buemi went fastest in FP1 ahead of Loïc Duval and Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Vergne (1st in 170kw), Frijns, Bird, Sarrazin, Di Grassi, Abt and Evans completed the top 10.