23 MARCH 2019, SANYA, CHINA – Marking the halfway point of the season, the sixth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship took place for the first time in Sanya, China, today. With rising temperatures on and off track, Mahindra Racing kept its cool to bring both cars home to secure a double-points finish at the Sanya E-Prix. The result saw the squad retake the lead in the team’s championship battle, while Jérôme’s strong points haul meant he remained second in the driver’s fight.

Jérôme dialled into the new all-electric street circuit at Haitang Bay from the offset, finising inside the top ten in the first and second practice sessions before lining up on the fourth row of the grid for the race after a strong qualifying performance. The Belgian driver stayed calm after a fault with the starting lights caused a short, but unexpected, delay and had a clean getaway to gain ground on the opening lap. After yet another unpredictable race with multiple on-track incidents, Jérôme crossed the line in his #64 M5Electro in seventh; he was later promoted to sixth after Sebastien Buemi received a 10-second penalty.

After a difficult morning which saw Pascal touch the wall in the second practice session, he lined up behind his teammate on the grid in P9 after setting a fastest qualifying lap time of 1:08.455. During the race, he stayed focused, defended his position well and took the checkered flag in eighth. Buemi’s post-race penalty meant Pascal was promoted to seventh.

At the end of the Asian leg of the 2018/19 tour, Mahindra Racing returns to the top of the Team’s Championship with Jérôme remaining second in the driver’s battle.

The seventh round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship takes place on Saturday 13 April in Rome, Italy.

“We had a good day, not a great day. We scored points with two cars, but we lacked a bit of pace, which we saw in the race. I think small things made a big difference today; small things could have made you look really good or average and it’s all these details that we can improve on a little bit going into the next race.”

Jérôme D'Ambrosio

“Overall it was a difficult race for us. I made a couple of mistakes in free practice which impacted our weekend a little bit, especially in qualifying. The race was not great; we were not fast enough, and we ended up watching the mirrors more than attacking. We got lucky in the end with some incidents on track, but the pace was not there. We now need to use this time between the next race to regroup and find out why.”

Pascal Wehrlein

“I think we were solid in free practice and qualifying. We have definitely showed that we have recovered and, most importantly, overcome the problem we had in Hong Kong. However, on race pace we got a bit behind, but both drivers did well to bring the cars home in the points which means Mahindra Racing is still right up there fighting for both championship titles”

Dilbagh Gill