Mahindra Racing Fights Hard: 5 Fast Facts from the Mexico City E-Prix
Posted on: 19 February, 2019
After three consecutive podiums in season 5 so far, we were optimistic about continuing the trend at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. However, it wasn’t to be, and race day was one of mixed emotions for us. We didn’t win the race (sigh!) but there were many positives to take out of the weekend.
The race in Mexico saw edge-of-the-seat action from the word go. Starting from Pole Position, Pascal tenaciously stayed at the head of the pack throughout – until the last turn when he had no option but to lift, which allowed Lucas di Grassi through to take the win. And it was a joy to see Jérôme zip right through the field after starting at the back to land a top 5 finish.
We relive the action through five key moments from the gripping race in Mexico City:
1. Maiden Pole Position for Pascal
Pascal's first Pole Position with Mahindra Racing was a real reason to celebrate. Following a flawless performance in qualifying, Pascal secured a Super Pole for the second consecutive time this season and went on to score Pole Position which bagged him three championship points. This also meant back-to-back Poles for Mahindra Racing in Mexico, as Felix Rosenqvist took the honours in 2018.
2. Pascal remains perseverant to the end
As the lights went out to mark the start of the race, the maverick went all guns blazing. He defended hard for the lead, leaving very little room for contenders to overtake. The German young blood stayed ahead of the pack for the entirety of the race until the final lap when he was forced to coast the final metres to ensure he did not dip below 0% usable energy. This saw Lucas di Grassi pass him for the win in the closest finish in Formula E history. He was then handed a five second time penalty for cutting a chicane, an unavoidable incident as Lucas di Grassi touched him while fighting for the lead, which meant that he was classified sixth.
3. Jérôme fights hard too, gains 14 positions
While qualifying was not as glorious for the Belgian (he started in row 9, from 18th, after suffering traffic on his qualifying lap), he managed to make great progress during the race itself, moving up by – wait for it – seven positions in lap 1 alone! He kept pace with his fighter spirit, seizing every opportunity to overtake, and finished in an impressive fourth place, which saw him retake the lead in the driver’s championship.
4. Pascal's fastest lap
From the very second the green flag waved ‘go’, Pascal drove aggressively, charging to stay ahead. While the race did not end in his favour due to the five-second time penalty, he did manage to secure a bonus point for setting the fastest lap (1:01.916) on lap 12.
5. We're leading!
It was a day of several testing moments for the red, white and blue team, but the Mexico City E-Prix did end with Mahindra Racing and Jérôme retaking the lead in the team and driver standings, respectively. Next up, the team will head to Hong Kong, taking another opportunity to fight hard and come back strong!
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