5 Fast Facts from the Paris E-Prix
Posted on: 30 April, 2019
We are now well and truly into the business end of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship; the Formula E circus took seven memorable stops before making a visit home to the place where it was originally conceived, Paris. In prior seasons, Mahindra Racing has had a strong showing in Paris, achieving a podium and a fastest lap in the team’s previous ‘voyages à Paris'.
The team was on a mission to make 2019 their best trip to Paris but a challenging day and a hailstorm-affected race eventually saw Pascal finishing tenth to grab a point after starting on the last row of the grid with his teammate Jérôme, while the Belgian unfortunately retired. Despite the result not being what Mahindra Racing wanted, there were many positives to take from the race day, including a blistering race pace which saw Jérôme and Pascal collectively gain 25 positions.
1. The gremlins of Hong Kong are gone
Earlier this season, Mahindra Racing struggled in the treacherous wet conditions in Hong Kong. In Paris, however, both Jérôme and Pascal made the best use of the partially damp conditions to sail into Super Pole! Jérôme qualified in a strong sixth place, while his teammate Pascal took pole position. The M5Electro electrified the streets of Paris in qualifying.
2. Pascal leads the pack
The unpredictability of Formula E is such that we saw seven different drivers from seven different teams win the first seven races of the season. However, one streak that hadn't been broken in Season 5 was the record of seven different polesitters in the first seven races. In the city of lights, Pascal lit up the Circuit des Invalides and took provisional pole position to become the first person to take pole twice this season! Unfortunately though…
3. Fine margins deny Mahindra Racing their pole position
… the race director deemed a technical infringement on both M5Electros related to tyre pressures and disqualified both Jérôme and Pascal from qualifying, forcing both of them to start from the last row of the grid. From the disqualification, we understand that in motorsport, precision and regulations are of utmost importance and the slightest of mistakes can have the largest of implications.
4. All hail the…hail?
For the first time in the five-year history of Formula E, we witnessed a wet race! In fact, wet is a massive understatement; a hailstorm struck Paris during the race and the precarious conditions was the root of the comical crashes and spins of many of the drivers. Although the driver errors may have appeared to be amusing on TV, the conditions inside the cockpit would have been treacherous. Jérôme was an unfortunate victim of the atrocious weather as he was forced to retire from the race, while Pascal saw light at the end of the storm to finish in tenth place and collect the final championship point.
5. The challenge is upon us
After an action-packed race in Paris, Jérôme, who sits in fifth place now trails championship leader Robin Frijns by just sixteen points while Pascal is eleventh. In the teams championship, Mahindra Racing is now in fourth place; an incredibly tight championship with all to play for.
With only five more races to go, we look forward to seeing Mahindra Racing unleashing their potential in the fight. Bring it on!
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