Sanya E-Prix Tech Forecast: Season 5 is unpredictable!
Posted on: 19 March, 2019
Our 50th E-Prix was not one we want to remember, but we’ve put it behind us and are now fully focused on the sixth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which takes us back to China on a brand-new track in a new city. We caught up with Mahindra Racing’s Technical Director, Lewis Butler, to talk all things tech ahead of this weekend’s inaugural Sanya E-Prix.
Approaching a brand-new circuit
Sanya is one of three new cities on the Season 5 calendar, so naturally it comes with a different checklist compared to tracks we’re familiar with. Some of the elements we look at when approaching a new track for the first time is to assess how the layout suits the M5Electro, how the local climate and likely weather conditions might come into play and what we call ‘on the ground’ conditions; this includes things like ease of recovery of stricken cars, altitude changes and potential for different surfaces. In simple terms, we look for any information and data that may aid our preparation for race day, so that we have as few questions as possible when it’s lights out.
My initial thoughts are that the track looks challenging for both the cars and the drivers. There are some obvious long straights to test out the powertrains and parts that will test the driver’s nerve and car set-up in the braking zones. And then to counter that, there’s also an interesting twisty section. One of the biggest challenges will be to successfully defend at the end of the straights.
Making new memories in Asia
We're aiming to put behind us the very forgettable weekend in Hong Kong with a strong double-points finish this weekend. In the past, when we raced in mainland China in Seasons 1 and Season 2, we were able to put in strong performances. However, there are now so many teams and drivers that are capable of good results; Season 5 is probably the most competitive in Formula E, so we need to keep our heads down, keep doing our homework and the results will come.
Predict the unpredictable
Predictions this season have been a game of chance! At Mahindra Racing we’re one big family and we all believe in one another and the M5Electro to deliver a strong result in China. We all want to see the Indian flag and listen to the national anthem on the podium again.
"Predictions this season have been a game of chance! We all believe in one another and the M5Elecro to deliver a strong result in China."
~ Lewis Butler, Technical Director, Mahindra Racing