Master class from Mahindra Racing drivers completes milestone weekend in Berlin
- Mahindra Racing collected pole position and second place following its first ever win in Formula E yesterday.
- Felix Rosenqvist won the race in the second round of the Berlin ePrix but was relegated to second with a ten second penalty due to an unsafe release into pit lane.
- Hometown hero Nick Heidfeld stormed up the order from 20th to finish inside the points in tenth.
- Mahindra Racing comfortably third in the Teams’ Championship with four races remaining.
11 June 2017, Berlin: Mahindra Racing topped off an outstanding weekend of FIA Formula E Championship racing with another podium today at the Berlin ePrix a day after its first ever win.
Swedish ace Felix Rosenqvist led from lights out to finish in the second German race at the Tempelhof Airport circuit, however a ten second penalty for an unsafe release into pit lane relegated the #19 racer to second place behind competitor Sébastien Buemi. The result comes just 24 hours after he scored Mahindra Racing's maiden Formula E victory and caps off a dominant weekend for the Indian team.
A superb Super Pole performance saw the Swede take the second Pole Position of his short Formula E career, while a sensor malfunction in qualifying had his teammate Heidfeld start from the exact opposite end of the gird.
But Heidfeld's progress through the field was unrivalled. Within five laps he had moved up eight positions to P12. Energy conservation and regeneration then came into play, as the race became the longest Formula E race on record and two laps longer than yesterday’s competition. Finishing in tenth provided some consolation with one championship point.
After a long two days of trophy collecting, Rosenqvist lies third in the Drivers’ Championship with Heidfeld a little further back in fifth. Mahindra Racing has further consolidated its third position in the teams’ standings and lies 22 points shy of second-placed ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.
Felix Rosenqvist said, "It was a very long and tough weekend! We kept our heads together and had a near-perfect run. We had a really, really solid car. I felt really good on the track and it would have been two wins in a row if not for the penalty. It was unfortunate to have the race end like that. It's not what you want as a racer, you want the on-track result to be representative of the final result. Performance-wise, we are on fire. I believe I can extend the gap from Nico [Prost] for third in the championship and as a team we are closing in on second. We are the ones to watch at the moment – it's a bit of a game changer!"
Nick Heidfeld said, "It was a disappointing day. I had to start dead last due to a sensor problem in qualifying that meant when I went on full throttle I had no acceleration and when I was off the paddle the car was accelerating. Our strategy was to push hard in the beginning of the race. I made up many positions and we were still decent on energy usage in the first stint. During the pitstop Felix and I nearly collided and as I knew Felix was in a good position I sacrificed my pitstop to help him leave the pits as quickly as possible. I could than again overtake some more cars in the second part of the race whilst having the best pace of the field. This is bittersweet and makes it even harder to swallow a P10 result with a reward of only 1 point.
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team said, "There are so many positives from this weekend here in Berlin. It just goes to show that everything must come together for a win and while we were able to achieve that yesterday, a small mistake made the difference today. Felix did an amazing job both days, his driving was perfect and to put our dominant M3Electro on pole after winning less than 24 hours before was magnificent to watch. I will always be in awe of Nick as well. His progress through the field from 20th to the points was a master class in wheel-to-wheel racing. Now, as a team we will look forward to preparing for the final races of the season!"
Mahindra Racing heads Stateside
Next month the final four races will take place in North America, with two spectacular double-header events in New York and Montreal. Each venue is completely new to the FIA Formula E Championship, so simulator preparation will prove crucial for the teams. Mahindra Racing will be aiming for more podium success as well as chasing its second win of the season.
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Mahindra Racing is one of ten 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 enters the third season of Formula E with its own electric powertrain to power its quartet of electric racing cars. The M3Electro, launched for season three, is already proving to be a competitive package netting its first ever win, five podiums, a pole position and two fastest lap awards from seven rounds. These results are underscored by the Mahindra Racing’s current third place in the Teams’ Championship standings. Together with drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld, the team has high technical and sporting ambitions in the ground-breaking, fully-electric championship.
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