The 28-year-old Briton struggled to make floor within the season-opener in what turned out to be one thing of a processional affair at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
This partially was as a result of vitality administration not being as crucial as on different circuits and meant Dennis’s beginning place of 14th put him on the backfoot at the start of his title defence.
“The entrance is all the time a bit simpler to overhaul as a result of it’s much more unfold out and everyone seems to be a little bit bit extra cautious however if you’re within the pack and there’s 10 vehicles collectively you’ll be able to’t actually do an excessive amount of,” Dennis advised Autosport.
“Bit troublesome however I feel we made one of the best of a nasty scenario from qualifying. I feel P5 was there for the taking if we obtained the technique proper however finally, we didn’t.”
Points with braking had been the first motive for Dennis’s struggles in qualifying as he completed seventh in his group after operating large on the Flip 5 hairpin on his last run.
However regardless of the error, he was solely 0.235s off the quickest time and believes his true tempo was masked within the race due to how troublesome it was to overhaul.
“Simply not sufficient confidence beneath braking was our largest problem,” stated Dennis.
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Jake Dennis, Andretti World, Porsche 99X Electrical Gen3, Norman Nato, Andretti World, Porsche 99X Electrical Gen3
“We’ve been battling that since Friday FP1 and we’ve paid the value in qualifying.
“It was not so good and if you begin that far again you’re all the time going to have a troublesome race and finally a P9 was the utmost we may do.
“We had actually good vitality, actually good tempo however you simply can’t go so it was a reasonably boring race for everybody I feel.”
Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein took a commanding victory within the Mexico Metropolis E-Prix, though each he and Dennis had been investigated post-race for an alleged breach of ‘not respecting the homologated main throttle pedal map’ earlier than the stewards took no additional motion.
Regardless of his personal poor end result, Dennis was left assured that he and Porsche buyer crew Andretti may replicate the efficiency of Wehrlein and the manufacturing facility crew shifting ahead.
“We’re driving the identical automobile to a sure extent,” he stated.
“We simply have to analyse the place they had been higher than us this weekend however it’s clearly nice to see a Porsche win as a result of it provides us confidence that we proceed the ahead momentum of season 9 into season 10.”