Fast Facts from the Hong Kong E-Prix: Still Standing Strong
Posted on: 12 March, 2019
Over the course of the last four and a half years, Mahindra Racing and Formula E have now delivered 50 truly unpredictable races. Being one of the most successful teams in the brief but memorable history of Formula E, and with a stellar start to Season 5, many expected Mahindra Racing to commemorate that landmark 50th race with an electric performance in Hong Kong.
Challenging conditions in qualifying led to an 11th-row grid start for both drivers. Both drivers seemed determined to make up for the starting position and celebrate a strong finish. However, their resurgence was abruptly cut short on the second lap by GEOX Dragon’s Felipe Nasr slamming into the barriers at the notoriously narrow second corner of the circuit. Jérôme and Pascal were both left with absolutely no room to go past and the resulting collision saw both the Mahindra Racing drivers forced into immediate retirement. Let’s have a look at some of the facts from the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix.
Rain rain go away!
Heavy rainfall meant the two practice sessions on race day were wet and the conditions did not improve before qualifying. The huge amount of standing water on the track made conditions for the qualifying runs of Jérôme and Pascal even more treacherous. This led to the Mahindra Racing duo starting at the tail end of the grid, much to the sorrow of the thousands of passioneers watching around the globe. Sometimes, tricky conditions can play into your hands while, sometimes, they can snatch potential from your grasp and this past weekend was a classic demonstration of the latter.
Mountains are meant to be climbed!
As a consequence of the qualifying performance, Jérôme and Pascal faced the herculean challenge of climbing up the order to salvage a result. That is precisely what they did on the opening lap, starting well to make up multiple places. The first lap of the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix was a testament of the fearless and bulletproof mentality that Mahindra Racing possesses.
Looking at the brighter side
Although Hong Kong turned out to be one of the most disappointing races for Mahindra Racing in its history, the team still holds a solid third place in the Teams’ Championship, just three points shy of second placed Audi Sport. At the same time, even though Jérôme slipped into second place in the Drivers’ Championship, he trails championship leader Sam Bird by a solitary point with more than half of the season left to run.
"It's unfortunate that on the celebration of 50 races for Mahindra Racing it turned into our shortest race of our Formula E history...but we are still up there in both championships so now we must take the fight to Sanya and get back on track."
~ Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal
Regardless of the hiccups in Hong Kong, Mahindra Racing still holds a strong position in the Formula E standings. Judging from the performance of both the M5Electro and the drivers this season, we are sure to be back on track at the inaugural Sanya E-Prix, in two weeks’ time.
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