Duran: Mexican Formula E race will be ‘big challenge'

Team Aguri Formula E driver Salvador Duran believes that this weekend's first ever Mexican ePrix will provide plenty of entertainment and action on his home track.

This Saturday's race, which will take place on a shortened Hermanos Rodriguez track, which also hosts the Mexican Grand Prix, will see the only season two Formula E race hosted on a permanent circuit.

"The circuit will be very interesting because there is a lot of change in direction and braking as well," Duran told Motorsport.com.

"I think it will be very interesting and a very different and big challenge for the Formula E cars and there is lots of opportunity for overtaking and action."

"The first corner (which links the exit and re-entry on to the full circuit) will be easy flat I think and you carry a lot of speed through there, it should be fun then going in to the first chicane and I can see the race being very enjoyable for the Mexican fans."

Duran, who on Sunday demonstrated a Formula E car on the Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most famous avenues in Mexico City, has been working on re-familiarising himself with the all-electric Spark-Renault car since his return to the series last month.

"Right now I am working on still getting familiar on the driving side because I was away from the cockpit for so long. I was on the simulator for a good amount of time in Monaco [last week]," he said.

"I need to get my level up again and get the rhythm back. I was eight months away from driving and Buenos Aires was a tough to come back to after so long away."

Duran went on to tell Motorsport.com that any extra pressure from racing at home will only enhance his enjoyment of racing at home in an International event for the first time since the A1 GP series first went to the track in 2007.

"I'm going to enjoy it. There will be pressure and focus on me but I know we in the team will do our best," said Duran.

"I have experience in racing now. It is not like when I raced here in A1GP and I was very young. My aim is to enjoy the experience and give my home fans a good show."

The Mexican also believes that the key environmental messages of racing zero emission racing cars will help his home city and its notorious pollution issues.

"Mexico City is one of the most polluted cities in the world so what we are doing is showing what can be done to help. Even motorsport can help the environment and Formula E has shown this and it is a good message for the city and the next generation to make a difference."

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Series Formula E
Event Mexico ePrix
Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Drivers Salvador Duran
Teams Team Aguri
Article type Interview