17 JUNE 2019, BANBURY, UK – Mahindra Racing is getting ready to go green for the eleventh time in Season 5 as the team heads to the Swiss E-Prix in Bern this Saturday. It is only the second time that the all-electric street racing series has visited Switzerland after its outing in Zurich last season and Bern is the third brand-new city to be added to the 2018/19 calendar.
Jérôme D'Ambrosio will compete in the final European leg of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in his #64 M5Electro, 'Falcon'. With three races of his rookie season left, Pascal Wehrlein will race the 14-corner, 2.750km Swiss street circuit behind the wheel of his #94 car, nicknamed 'Electro McElectroFace'
This season's Swiss round will take place in the capital city of Bern and the lights will go out at 18.00hrs local time on Saturday 22 June 2019. Formula E made history last year when it brought circuit racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years. Jérôme qualified for Super Pole at the inaugural Swiss E-Prix, lined-up on the front row and took the checkered flag on the podium in third.
Heading into the Swiss E-Prix, Mahindra Racing is fifth in the team championship with Jérôme D’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein eighth and thirteenth respectively in the driver's battle.
"We know we are fast, and we have the pace, so for us it is about putting the whole package together because I think qualifying high up the grid will play an important role in Bern. The track is still relatively tight but I there are some opportunities for overtaking. If we can get the details right, then we can be in a strong position."
“Living in Switzerland, Bern does feel like a second home race for me even though Berlin was actually my home E-Prix. I think there are some places on the Bern track that look really tight where only one car can fit through at a time. That has the potential to cause a red flag if there is a crash but overall the design is a combination of being uphill, downhill, fast and bumpy! We know the speed of the car is there and I have been learning a lot this season, so I am happy."
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
"We're looking forward to heading to Bern for the first time and we have a lot of Mahindra Racing guests there so it will be extra special. It’s a proper street circuit which means it could be quite a challenging race, but I think it’s a track where we have the potential to be strong if we can get qualifying right. The competition has got stronger as the season has gone on and that’s what makes it so exciting for the fans. It's still all to play for."