Rome E-Prix Tech Forecast: Leaping M5Electros!
Posted on: 09 April, 2019
Mahindra Racing is jointly leading the team's championship and the battle for the top spot will intensify as Formula E heads to Europe next, where the seventh round of Season 5 takes place in Rome, Italy. Here's Head of Powertrain, Angus Lyon, on the importance of scoring points at a track that sees all four wheels airborne.
A high energy street circuit
The streets of Rome provide an interesting track, but there are not many opportunities for overtaking. There are some super-fast sections with elevation changes which we don’t typically see at Formula E circuits. It has quite a big downhill section followed by a steep uphill which leads to a small jump, so we will get to see the cars leaping! It's going to be a high energy circuit; the twisty section involves a lot of heavy braking, which is a sharp contrast to the wider parts of the track.
In terms of temperature, it's expected to be cooler than what we’ve experienced at previous races. The car set-up won’t change significantly as we tend to set the car up based on our pre-race simulation and testing, before fine-tuning any areas when we get to the track itself. Some circuits are twisty, some fast, bumpy or smooth and that’s what we try to accommodate for during our small window of adjustment trackside. We’re learning about the new Gen2 car all the time and the competition is getting stronger and stronger.
Eyes on Pole Position
Last year the team secured Pole Position with Felix Rosenqvist and I think it's possible for the squad to secure that for the second consecutive year. As long as we give our drivers a car that they're both happy with, we’ve seen what they can achieve.
We're making sure we come back stronger
We’re leading the team’s championship and we're second in the driver battle, so we need both cars to finish in the points as a minimum result to stay in the fight for the title. Of course, I'd be lying if I said we didn’t want to be on the podium in Italy; both the car and drivers are capable of it. They’re quick and we know the M5Electro is a good car.
Our drivers have the potential to win every race and it’s our job to give them the package to maximise that potential. When we have weekends where we aren’t achieving what we set out to do, we beat ourselves up, but we need to make sure we come back stronger when that does happen, getting the best out of every race weekend. We can’t afford to make any mistakes or go in the wrong direction because we have extremely tough competitors. Two good point scoring positions and a podium is a pretty realistic aim at the Rome E-Prix.
"I'd be lying if I said we didn't want to be on the podium in Rome – both the car and the drivers are capable of it."
~ Angus Lyon, Head of Powertrain, Mahindra Racing