MAHINDRA RACING CLINCHES PODIUM AND FASTEST LAP AWARD AT FORMULA E RACE IN HONG KONG
9 October 2016, Hong Kong: Mahindra Racing has made an impressive start to its third season in the FIA Formula E Championship, scoring a podium finish and setting the fastest lap in the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix, the opening round of the 2016-17 season.
German driver Nick Heidfeld started the 45-lap race from 10th on the grid and took advantage of first lap chaos to jump to fifth. By managing his first M3Electro’s available energy, Heidfeld and Mahindra Racing were able to time his mid-race car swap in order to gain more positions. He moved up to third, focused on completing clean laps during the second half of the race and crossed the finish line just before his second car reached zero percent energy.
Swedish rookie Felix Rosenqvist endured a tough beginning to his Formula E career. Having started from an encouraging sixth place on the grid, he was caught out in early race traffic. Then damage to his M3Electro from a high-speed spin sent him to the back of the pack by forcing an early car swap. Never one to give up, Rosenqvist showed his mettle and true potential by setting the fastest lap of the race en route to 15th place.
The pace of the Mahindra-developed M3Electro around the bespoke 1.86km Hong Kong Central Harbourfront street circuit underlined the promise shown by the team in pre-season testing.
Mahindra Racing is fourth in the FIA Formula E Teams Championship going into race two in Marrakesh next month on November 12. Formula E’s third season will see Mahindra Racing visit a total of ten different countries for 12 races from October 2016 through to July 2017.