Jérôme Back on Top: Fast Facts from the Rome E-Prix
Posted on: 16 April, 2019
After a very positive first half of the season for Mahindra Racing, we arrived into Rome as joint-leaders in the Teams’ Championship! Historically, Mahindra Racing has performed well in Europe, and this weekend, the entire team put in great efforts to live up to the expectations.
Alas, the nature of group qualifying was such that both Jérôme and Pascal were disadvantaged by heading out in early groups and ended up starting 19th and 15th, respectively. However, they showcased the potential of the car by putting in solid performances in the race that lifted them up to P8 and P10 finishes, respectively. Let’s have a look some of the learnings from the Rome E-Prix.
Group 1? No fun
For qualifying in Formula E, the drivers are divided into four groups based on their championship positions, with Group 1 featuring the drivers at the top of the championship, and so on. Just as the name suggests, Group 1 heads out first. By the virtue of his strong season so far, Jérôme was once again in Group 1 for Rome E-Prix qualifying. Unfortunately, at this particular event, the track became much grippier as more cars drove over it, which left the drivers in Group 1 with a big disadvantage. That became evident as Jérôme struggled in qualifying with low grip. However…
… regardless of where Mahindra Racing starts on the grid, we never give up and aim to finish in the points. This time around, we had a double points finish with Jérôme finishing in 8th place and Pascal finishing 10th, demonstrating the quality of the M5Electro and the strength of the drivers. Jérôme remarkably made up 11 places while Pascal gained five positions! This is something that we have consistently been seeing our racers do this season. In a challenging weekend where the podium is out of reach, it’s key to consistently score points to stay in the mix, so the ability to make comebacks is an important quality of a winning team.
Sitting atop the mountain!
Mahindra Racing's very own gladiator, Jérôme D’Ambrosio, has regained the lead of the Drivers’ Championship. The points for his 8th place finish gives him a one point lead over Antonio Felix Da Costa. The table is tight and strong results in the upcoming races for Pascal can put him right back in contention, proving just how competitive Formula E is. The team sits in third place in the Teams’ Championship and the aim is now a good run of form in the European races.
Next up is Round 8, the 2019 Paris E-Prix. I can’t wait to see Mahindra Racing in action in the magical city and I’m looking forward to us fans seeing some magic happen on the race track too!
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