Mexico E-Prix this weekend for Clare's Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett will this weekend take on the fourth round of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico, hunting for a first positive result in the all-electric series.
The driver from Clare finished his first E-Prix at the last round in Santiago on January 26 – finishing a credible 14th, gaining two places in the race from his 16th place grid position.
Encouraged by this performance, Paffett and his HWA RACELAB team now travel to Central America for the CBMM Niobium Mexico City EPrix.
The race will be held on a shorter variant of the Formula 1 circuit at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez which, at 2,500 metres above sea level, is one of the highest racetracks in the world.
The drivers pass under the grandstands at the Foro Sol stadium, where there promises to be a unique arena atmosphere.
Having gained valuable track time in the previous round in Santiago, the SAP-sponsored driver will be keen to help improve the team's results this weekend.
"We are making progress every weekend – me personally, Stoffel and the entire HWA RACELAB team," he said.
"I completed the full race in Santiago. That was the first step.
"The next step is now to score the first points. That is my goal for Mexico.
"We now have a certain pace and greater experience with the car and the processes on a race weekend. We will now improve step by step, I am sure of that. I am really looking forward to Mexico."
HWA team principal, Ulrich Fritz, echoed Paffett's thoughts on wanting to see a positive result for the team in Mexico.
He said: “We took a step forward in all areas in Chile and were again able to gain a lot of experience.
"Unfortunately, we failed to get a good result in the race. However, we will focus on the positive – we had the speed to challenge for our first points.
"If possible, we want to finish the job this time in Mexico. However, I am wary of making predictions or setting ambitious goals.
"Unlike in Chile, the circuit in Mexico is once again familiar ground for the other teams. This means that they start the weekend with an advantage, which we must first make up."
The full day of action for Paffett will get under way on Saturday 16, with free practice at 13:30 (GMT), followed by qualifying at 17:45 and the main race beginning at 22:00.