Mahindra Racing head to Cape Town for ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Mumbai / Banbury, February 20, 2023: Mahindra Racing is preparing for round five of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at another brand-new location for Season 9 – Cape Town, South Africa.
Moving on from their positive home race weekend in India, the team now aims to get both their cars in the points, following on from Oliver Rowland’s sixth place finish in the streets of Hyderabad. Taking place on Saturday 25thFebruary, the Cape Town E-Prix marks the first time the Formula E Championship visits South Africa. The team are hoping to put on a good performance at this new circuit, building on what they have learned so far this season.
Looking ahead to round five CEO, Frederic Bertrand said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Cape Town. It’s great that South Africa has been added to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar. To have another race at a brand-new location is fantastic. For the team, we had a good weekend at our home race in Hyderabad. Both our drivers raced really well. Oliver got into the points and really showed what he can do, by pushing through the field and getting feisty. Lucas of course had a more difficult race, but he still showed his great pace as well as brilliant team spirit by helping with Oliver’s strategy – that team spirit being something we want to nurture and build on going into the remaining races. Our aim for Cape Town is to have both our cars in the points.”
After a successful weekend in India, Oliver Rowland said: “I really want to keep the momentum going in Cape Town after a successful weekend in Hyderabad. It was good to finally get some points on the board, but I still feel like there’s unfinished business as getting pinged for track limits meant I lost out on the possibility of a podium in India. At least we know we have the pace to battle at the front, which is something we aim to do this weekend. We usually go well at new circuits so that’s something that stands in our favour.”
Looking to bounce back, Lucas Di Grassi said: “I was very happy for the team that they scored some good points at their home race in Hyderabad. I was unfortunate not to quite get into the points when we were running well during the early stages of the race, but we look ahead to Cape Town now. It’s another new track for the team and the whole championship so everyone is on a level playing field once again like in Hyderabad. Having been on the simulator, the track feels fantastic so I can’t wait to get out on it for real.”
The Cape Town E-Prix begins at 16:00 local time on Saturday 25th February (14:00 GMT).
Mahindra Racing has a strong set of partners, including Official Powertrain Partner ZF and e-fluids partner Shell. Maurice Lacroix, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, continues as the Official Timekeeper.