Mahindra Wraps Up Season With Double Points Finish
[4th July 2016, London] Mahindra Racing wrapped up the second FIA Formula E Championship with a seventh double points finish, narrowly missing a podium. Nick Heidfeld finished in P4 but was deemed to have used too much energy in his final charge to the line, demoting him to P7 and promoting Bruno Senna from P10 to P6.
Nick Heidfeld started the race in P5 and, following the first corner collision ahead of him, held P2 for most of the first stint. Losing one position during his pit stop, Heidfeld found himself in P4 for the final laps of the race, bearing down on the car in front. Pushing to overtake on the final lap, Heidfeld exceeded the allowable energy use limit before he crossed the finish line, earning him a penalty and a final classified position of P7.
Bruno Senna started the race out of place in P13 due to issues with getting heat into his tyres during qualifying. Through precise energy management and avoiding the incidents around him, Bruno succeeded in managing his race strategy and gained positions while defending from cars behind. He was finally classified in P6.
#21 Bruno Senna said: “Considering all the chaos that was going on around me, I am very happy that we came away with a strong final result. We had great pace in the car and learned a lot from yesterday’s race. We have a consistent car and increasingly strong race pace. I was disappointed not to start from further forward but I was behind a slower car during qualifying and couldn’t get the tyres working before my 200kW hot lap.”
“Unfortunately I suffered from a technical issue during the race which caused my car to go into false neutral on some downshifts, so I needlessly lost some positions but I am happy to come away with this strong result and more points for the team. We can be so proud of what we achieved this season.”
#23 Nick Heidfeld said: “I’m disappointed to have lost an opportunity to finish on the podium today. It was decided I should push on the final lap to catch the car in front and in doing so we exceeded our allowed energy use. It’s always tough to swallow a disappointing finish, especially when losing a potential podium but overall we can be proud of the results we have had all season and the gains we have made in all areas.”
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal of Mahindra Racing Formula E Team, said: “This has been an emotional weekend for the team. It’s easy to look at today’s result as disappointing but it will still stand as yet another high double points finish and a continuation of the reliability and strong race strategy, which has been our greatest strength all season.”
“We ticked every box we set out to this season. We have scored podiums, multiple double points finishes and fastest laps, and gained many championship positions compared to our season one result. We will take a moment to reflect on that achievement, but only a brief moment. We have every intention of continuing this upward trajectory. It feels odd to retire the M2Electro now but the preparation of the M3Electro is already in its final stages.”
“I would like to thank the team for their ingenuity, passion and relentless drive that has aided us in our mission to establish Mahindra Racing as a strong competitor on the world stage. We now have two seasons under our belt and as far as I am concerned, season 3 has now begun.”
About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is one of only nine teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship. It is also the first and only Indian team to participate in the FIM MotoGP™ World Motorcycle Racing Championship series since 2011 and the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV) in 2012.
Mahindra Racing entered the second season of Formula E as one of eight manufacturers developing its own electric powertrain to power its quartet of electric 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, the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team is in good hands.
The M2Electro has impressed from the beginning of the season, with Nick Heidfeld scoring a maiden podium in the opening round in Beijing. The car has also impressed with its efficiency and reliability, which has contributed to five double points finishes in seven races.
Mahindra is known for competing in the Moto3™ class of the MotoGPTM Championship as both a team and manufacturer. From 2015, India’s first and only MotoGPTM manufacturer will concentrate on strengthening the development program of its successful Mahindra MGP3O Moto3™ racing motorcycle and will no longer run its own 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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About The Mahindra Group
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 wheeler industries.
In 2015, Mahindra & Mahindra was recognized as the Best Company for CSR in India in a study by the Economic Times. 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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