13 JANUARY 2020, BANBURY, UK – Mahindra Racing heads to Santiago, Chile, for round three of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship which takes place on Saturday 18 January.
Fresh from his double Super Pole appearance last month, Belgian Jérôme D’Ambrosio will be driving his #64 M6Electro which is known as 'The Godfather' this season, with his eyes on securing a hat-trick of Super Poles in his season six campaign. Pascal Wehrlein, who finished on the podium in second position at his first Santiago E-Prix last season, will once again be at the wheel of the #94 'Electro McQueen'.
One year after the squad recorded ‘Formula E Goes Bollywood’ in Santiago – the third movie in the 'Bollywood' franchise, which won the team the 2018/19 Formula E Social Media Award – Mahindra Racing returns with a new musical movement to sweep the Formula E paddock. The team has joined forces with prominent Indian rap artist Brodha V to produce a passioneering rap anthem, which focuses on the team’s journey in Formula E and highlights the DNA of the allelectric racing series. Dilbagh Gill and Jérôme, as well as the M6Electro, feature in the video with Brodha V.
The multi award-winning artist writes and composes music which a fusion between mainstream hip-hop and Indian classical genre. He has worked in multiple Bollywood and South Indian movies and is one of India's best loved rappers for his unique style. His collaboration with Raftaar on the single ‘Naachne Ka Shaunq’ earned over 25 million views.
The Santiago E-Prix takes place at Parque O’Higgins on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 16.04hrs local time.
"I felt really good in the car at the last race in Saudi Arabia with my double Super Pole appearance and we've worked hard in the off season and since Saudi, so I'm aiming to make it a Super Pole hattrick this time out in Santiago. Starting at the front of the grid is where I want to be. Last year, the tyres were a big problem and we had a lot of degradation with the rising track temperatures, but we have tools in place to try to manage this better. I like the new energy reduction regulations, but I think there’s a high chance that this will be a temperature race instead of an energy one."
"The track has changed a bit from last year, but I would say Santiago is one of the fastest tracks with big braking points and, last year, we were good on brakes. The challenge there is that high temperatures can affect the tyres and battery, causing the car to overheat. Aside from adapting your driving style and taking care not slide, there’s not a lot you can do, but we have prepared as much as possible for the Chilean heat. With the new energy reduction regulations, the strategy and energy management are more important than ever before."
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
"We had a strong performance in qualifying in Diriyah and we’ll be looking to build on this momentum in Chile, while at the same time working hard to ensure a strong race performance as well. We’ve seen in previous years the impact high track temperatures can have on the race so the challenge this weekend will be managing both tyre and battery temperatures. We saw the new season six energy regulations come into play at the opening race and, if we have a safety car or full course yellow period this round, then the race could be another interesting one."