Formula Renault 3.5 Champion Oliver Rowland has been announced to replace Nick Heidfeld for the third
round of the FIA Formula E Championship in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The 23 year old British driver will
partner Bruno Senna at the team while Nick Heidfeld recovers from minor hand surgery following an injury
sustained during the Putrajaya ePrix.
Nick Heidfeld said: “During the Putrajaya ePrix, I damaged a ligament in my left wrist when the steering
wheel snapped out of my hand. On the advice of my doctors, I have undergone an operation to repair
it. Unfortunately this means that I will miss the next race in Punta del Este but I wish the team well and hope
they return from Uruguay with a Christmas stocking full of points."
Rowland, who set a new record of eight wins in the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season will join the
Mahindra Racing Formula E Team for a simulator session before travelling to Uruguay for the ePrix. He
will also take part in the official Formula E test following the Punta del Este ePrix to continue the
development of the Mahindra Racing M2Electro racing car.
Oliver Rowland said: “After a successful year, I am excited to have this opportunity to extend my season
further and race the M2Electro. Formula E represents many aspects of the future of motorsport and it gained
huge traction in the first season. It has one of the most competitive driver line-ups and I am looking forward
to some close racing among them and I hope to show what I can do. It will be a steep learning curve to get to
grips with the new electric racing technology but I’m sure that once the visor goes down, we will have some
fun. I intend to make the most of this opportunity and extract the maximum out of the car. Thank you to
Mahindra Racing for the opportunity and I wish Nick Heidfeld a quick recovery.”
Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal of Mahindra Racing Formula E Team said: “We are delighted that
we have Oliver in the car for the race in Uruguay. It is a huge shame that Nick will miss a race following his
surgery and we have sought the very best young talent to continue the strong momentum that Nick has
established with the team and the development of the M2Electro. Oliver is a driver of proven, recordbreaking
skill and has exactly the drive and attitude we appreciate at Mahindra Racing. We wish Nick well
and look forward to seeing him back behind the wheel in Buenos Aires.”
About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is one of only ten teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the FIA Formula E
Championship. It was also the first Indian team to participate in the FIM MotoGP™ World Motorcycle Racing
Championship series in 2011 and the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) in 2012.
Mahindra Racing enters the second Formula E season as one of eight manufacturers developing its own electric
powertrain to power its quartet of racing cars. With this second generation Mahindra Racing car, the M2Electro,
the team hopes to build on the success of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship. Working together with
Mahindra Reva – an electric car company whose sole aim is to develop and produce an affordable compact
electric car – and service provider Campos Racing, the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team is in good hands.
Mahindra is known for competing in Moto3™ as both a team and manufacturer. From 2015, India’s first and only
MotoGPTM manufacturer will concentrate on strengthening the development programme of its successful Mahindra
MGP3O Moto3™ motorcycle and will no longer run its own factory team. The decision to concentrate on machine
development as a full-scale constructor only strengthens Mahindra’s commitment to top-level two-wheeled racing.
Mahindra’s bold decision to take on the world’s best at the highest level of motorcycle racing has won the team a
number of prestigious awards in India.
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The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise through solutions that power mobility, drive rural
prosperity, enhance urban lifestyles and increase business efficiency.
A USD 16.9 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra provides employment opportunities to
over 200,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth,
enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation
ownership. In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting
services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two
In 2014, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000, a comprehensive listing of the world’s largest, most powerful
public companies, as measured by revenue, profit, assets and market value. The Mahindra Group also received the
Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category in 2013.
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