How does it feel to be a part of the Mahindra Racing family?
I think it is a big family. Obviously, it is a racing team, but behind the race team, it’s a huge group, a huge company. It is not just about the race team, it is a part of something much bigger. The team is working really well professionally in terms of engineering with dedicated, hardworking, clever people, but at the same time, it is like a very welcoming family. I could see it from the outside and definitely, I was not wrong, as it is the same from the inside as well.
How is Formula E different from Formula One?
It’s another beast, it’s completely different. The biggest difference in terms of driving is the noise, the sound. It is not that you do not hear sounds in Formula E but you actually feel more connected to the car, because you hear the wind, the tire, you hear the car touching the ground the gearbox and you hear the electric motor. We are much closer to the fans in Formula E. It is an inclusive sport rather than being exclusive and that is one of the main difference. Coming to the format of the race, there will be 45 minutes plus 1 lap rather than the lap count. This is really, what will make the biggest difference.
How will you compare Gen1 cars with the new Gen2 M5Electro?
In terms of pure grip, the tires are different. In terms of performance of electric motor and battery, it has 25% more power than last year and another extra 40% power on recovery which makes it faster.
What are your expectations from Season 5?
You cannot go for anything less than trying to win the championship. It will be difficult but this is what I will go for. You cannot control the results but you can control the effort and energy you put in. The journey is what leads to the result and I will give everything I can to get the best out of it.