Will Power ended his season in style in Mexico City after the Team Australia man secured his fifth podium finish of the campaign in the season finale.

Power, carrying a wrist injury following his accident at Surfers Paradise, qualified on pole position after a stunning performance in qualifying and held the lead through the early stages ahead of champion Sebastien Bourdais.

On lap 24 the Frenchman managed to get ahead into turn one as Power elected to save his Power to Pass allocation for later in the race and he was given one last chance to fight Bourdais for victory in the closing stages of the race following a full-course caution period.

However, despite having more P2P than his rival, Power was unable to find a way through and instead settled for a second place finish that cements his fourth place in the title standings.

"It would have been nice to win the last race of the season, considering we had pretty good pace in qualifying," he said.

"The car was a little bit too loose coming down the straight. But as the season goes, we've had the pace all year, we've just had really bad luck in the races with mechanical failure and a couple other things.

"I think that we'll be strong next year. I think we learned a lot in how to win a championship this year and what not to do. I look forward to it, good result the last race. It's about time we finished on the podium. I'm really looking forward to next year."

Team-mate Simon Pagenaud meanwhile was sixth in the season finale, jumping one place in the rookie of the year standings to end the year behind Robert Doornbos and Graham Rahal amongst the new-comers.

The Frenchman suffered a scare at the start when he clipped the pit wall while avoiding a stalled car at the start but continued on, fighting for his seventh top five finish for the season only to narrowly miss out in the final stages to grab sixth place.

"This was the best race I have had all year, honestly," he said. "We finally got the Aussie Vineyards car right in the race. On the second stint we went out on blacks and the car was really nice and I came back and passed Tracy.

"It was a great race. I think the Cosworth Power-to-Pass did really well. It made it hard to save fuel, but then it made for interesting racing. It's a shame that there was a shootout in the end because we were P4 and ended up P6.

"It's all about learning and it was a good rookie season. We will see for next year now. I have learned from all my mistakes that I have made this year and hopefully next year I will be up there fighting for the championship."



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