23 April 2019 – Two weeks after the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship headed to the first European race of the season in Rome, Mahindra Racing is travelling to France for the eighth round of season five. The squad returns to the historic cobbled streets of Les Invalides in Paris, with Jérôme D’Ambrosio leading the driver’s championship and Mahindra Racing fighting at the top for the team battle. Pascal Wehrlein continues to pilot the #94 car in his rookie Formula E year.
The 1.93km Circuit des Invalides is set in the heart of the City of Light. It might be the shortest track on the calendar, with 14 turns, but it is far from the easiest when it comes to overtaking. Formula E returns to the inner-city battleground for the second European leg of the season which features stunning views of the city in the background at every turn including the renowned Eiffel Tower and the iconic golden dome.
This year sees Formula E going green for the fourth time in a row in France. The team will be looking to build on its strongest performance in Paris to date; a third place podium finish in season three with Nick Heidfeld.
"The track is very tight. There is a little less coasting than last year compared to previous seasons, so perhaps overtaking will be even more difficult. We are racing in the heart of the city and that really is something special; especially when you can see the stunning monuments and the Eiffel Tower from the track. I am focused on doing my best and maximising every opportunity that comes my way."
"It's a very short track, so the important thing for us this weekend is qualifying to give us the best chance of finishing on the podium in the race. From the preparation that I have done in the simulator, I would say that energy management seems easier than it has been previously. I was happy with our race pace in Rome; I have a better understanding of the new systems we have, and we just need to make sure we continue to get the best performance out of the car as possible this weekend."
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
"We're coming into the race weekend having had two solid double points scoring performances in Sanya and Rome; Mahindra Racing is leading the driver's championship and fighting at the top in the battle for the team title. As we’ve seen in the past, the Paris E-Prix can be challenging, but we’ve done our homework and we’re confident going into race day."
It's lights out for the Paris E-Prix at 16:04hrs local time on Saturday 27 April 2019.
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Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series. Mahindra Racing has impressive credentials; after scoring it’s breakthrough win at the Berlin E-Prix in 2017, the squad now has four race victories to it’s name in addition to 17 podiums, and six pole positions from 45 starts. After four seasons with the first generation race car, all eyes now turn to season five. Mahindra Racing has high ambitions with the Gen2 M5Electro, a technical innovation that will see the car last the duration of a race as Formula E continues to push the limits of technology and electrification.
ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities - including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Paris, Berlin, New York and Montreal. The championship represents a vision for the future of the motor industry, serving as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in electric vehicle technology and alternative energy solutions. Future seasons will see the regulations open up further allowing manufacturers to focus on the development of motor and battery components, which in turn will filter down to everyday contemporary electric road vehicles.
The Mahindra Group is a USD 20.7 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, speedboats, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defence and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 240,000 people across 100 countries. Learn more about Mahindra at www.mahindra.com
Supporting Mahindra Racing is Tech Mahindra which was recently ranked in 15th on the Forbes’ Digital 100 list – the highest-ranked non-US company to feature. After receiving previous accolades for its sustainability vision, Tech Mahindra was honoured for the fourth consecutive year as a leader in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
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