Fast Facts from the Sanya E-Prix: Back in the Lead!
Posted on: 26 March, 2019
Last weekend, Mahindra Racing and Formula E returned to Mainland China, the country where it all began back in 2014, with the series’ first ever race taking place in Beijing. This time though, Formula E hit the sunny shores of Sanya, a coastal resort-city on the southern tip of the Hainan province. After a disappointing weekend in Hong Kong, many expected the team to quickly bounce back.
That was exactly what happened as Jérôme and Pascal qualified 8th and 9th, respectively, on the grid. In the race, both drivers recovered from a slow start to begin their climb back up the leaderboard and, after getting through the eventful race unscathed, Jérôme and Pascal finished 6th and 7th, respectively, bringing home a respectable 14-point haul. Let’s take a look at some of the takeaways from the Sanya E-Prix.
After a dismal weekend for the team in Hong Kong in which neither Jérôme nor Pascal were able to finish the race, it was crucial for Mahindra Racing to recover in Sanya and get a solid result. The team worked hard to bring home 14 points from the inaugural Sanya E-Prix. Although the podium was the aim, we still score points and retook the lead of the team’s championship; this made Mahindra Racing’s performance in Sanya quite a decent one!
Smart work always prevails
While the rest of the Formula E grid threw caution to the wind and went all out, Jérôme and Pascal drove smartly. The fearsome duo avoided getting involved in any incidents and that helped them move up the order and secure a strong points scoring result for the team. The clearest example of this came deep into the race when Sebastien Buemi, Robin Frijns and Lucas Di Grassi all collided with each other and the two M5Electros swiftly swooped past them and made up multiple places
Keeping an eye on the championship
The outcome of a strong showing from Mahindra Racing in Sanya is that the team is now back at the top of the Teams' Championship; with a total of 97 points, we now jointly lead the championship with Envision Virgin Racing. However, the battle is only bound to get more intense, as both the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team and DS Techeetah are within two points of our lead. Jérôme is still second in the Drivers’ Championship, trailing BMW’s Antonio Felix Da Costa by a single point while Pascal is tenth.
The championships battle will heat up once again in two weeks’ time on the streets of Rome.
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