MAHINDRA RACING AIMS TO FINISH ON A HIGH IN MONTREAL EPRIX
25 July 2017, Oxford: Mahindra Racing heads to Montreal for the final weekend of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship with the goal of securing its season objective of third place in both the teams’ and the drivers’ championship. However, with just 12 points separating the team from second place ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, and two races taking place in the Canadian city, second position is well within its grasp.
With its competitive M3Electro, Mahindra Racing has established itself as one of the leading contenders this season. A successful weekend in the New York City ePrix extended the team’s impressive run of results. Drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld finished second and third respectively in Brooklyn, scoring Mahindra Racing’s second double podium of the season after Berlin. The result also brought the team’s total podium tally to nine, the most of any team in the championship.
Since the Mexico ePrix back in April, Mahindra Racing has scored more championship points than any other team (145), while Rosenqvist has taken most driver points (84). It sets things up nicely for an exciting season finale around the bespoke track in Montreal, which marks Formula E’s first visit to Canada.
The Technical Challenge
Montreal is no stranger to motorsport playing host to Formula 1 since 1978, but Formula E will bring racing into the heart of the city on a bespoke 2.75km circuit.
Coinciding with Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, the double header race weekend will see Formula E cars battle it out around Maison Radio-Canada on the second longest circuit on the calendar.
Featuring 14 corners, most at 90-degrees, and a bus-stop style chicane, there will be the added challenge of an incline around the track which will require Mahindra Racing’s M3Electro to adopt a different set-up.
Felix Rosenqvist has been one of the undisputed stars of Formula E in season three, scoring four podiums including a maiden victory for himself and Mahindra Racing in Berlin. The popular Swede is looking forward to a racing return in Canada, albeit in a new location.
High five for Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld has taken a total of five podiums in season three, including four at consecutive venues from Monaco up to the last round in New York City. Currently lying sixth in the championship, the German racer will be hoping to use inspiration from his F1 visits to Montreal, where he claimed consecutive podiums in 2007 and 2008.
Mahindra Racing stats
Since Mexico, Mahindra Racing has been the highest-scoring team in the championship and Felix Rosenqvist the highest-scoring driver.
So far this season Mahindra Racing has netted:
- 1 win
- 9 podiums – more than any other team!
- 2 Julius Bär Pole Positions
- 2 VISA Fastest Lap Awards
- 182 points
- 1 FanBoost