27 APRIL 2019, PARIS, FRANCE – The eighth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship took place today on the city streets of Paris on Circuit des Invalides. Pascal Wehrlein, driving the #94 M5Electro, finished in tenth position, collecting the final point, with Jérôme D’Ambrosio forced into retirement in the #64.
Very changeable weather conditions throughout the day provided a challenge for all the teams. Sunshine regularly made way for rainfall and high winds, making each session highly unpredictable. This morning’s free practice sessions were both disrupted by yellow and red flags, with numerous drivers falling foul of the treacherous conditions and narrow margin for error on the tight street circuit. Mahindra Racing had a solid and productive morning of testing.
When it came to qualifying, initial joy was unfortunately followed by disappointment. The squad put on a strong performance, with Pascal and Jérôme finishing the group stages in second and fifth respectively and both progressing to Super Pole. A fantastic lap from Pascal saw him secure Pole Position by over three tenths of a second, with Jérôme securing a third row starting spot from sixth. However, the pair were later disqualified after the organisers judged a technical infringement on the cars related to tyre pressures and were forced to begin from the back row of the grid; Jérôme from 21st and Pascal 22nd.
The 45-minute + 1 lap Paris E-Prix started under the safety car as it was deemed unsafe conditions for a standing start. Green flag racing commenced straight after, with the two Mahindra Racing drivers gaining two places on the first lap. As the weather, and subsequently the track conditions, then began to deteriorate, Jérôme and Pascal began to scythe through the field, working hard to capitalise on a frenetic and action packed 34 minutes. With 15 minutes, to go, Jérôme had moved into the points in 10th, while Pascal had progressed to 13th.
Following a lengthy safety car period after a multi-car crash, on the restart Jérôme hit the barriers heavily, putting an end to a race that had seen him gain 13 places from where he had started. Pascal was able to make the most of his clean race, entering the points in the dying moments to finished in tenth, improving 12 places on his starting spot.
With another unpredictable and action-packed Season 5 race, it is all to play for in the tight championship battles. Mahindra Racing are fourth in the team’s battle, with Jérôme fifth and Pascal 11th in the driver’s fight; which sees the top five separated by just 16 points.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship now moves to Monte Carlo, with the Monaco E-Prix, round nine of the 2018/19 season, taking place on Saturday 11 May.
"I was happy with the car today. I've felt the most comfortable in the M5Electro so far this season and we showed how strong we were in the race. We were dominant in qualifying and, in my opinion, the circumstances of the penalty were not fair. We have to continue working hard and keep in mind the positives from missed opportunities ahead of Monaco. The main thing to take out of this weekend is that we have made improvements in areas that we needed to and have regained our qualifying and race day performance. We just need to keep moving in the right direction."
"I think I drove one on my best races so it was unfortunate that, when I was pushing hard taking a risk and trying to overtake, I hit the wall; sometimes it’s like that in racing. There's a lot of positives to take from this weekend however; the speed of the car was incredible, we were good in qualifying and I was fastest in Group 1. We had amazing race pace, so that’s what I will remember from this weekend. I fought hard and the championship is still on and we’ll bounce back in Monaco."
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
"It has been a constructive day; we showed we have overcome our previous problems in wet conditions, our race pace was there and we were very fast, and we came from the very back of the grid to finish in the points. Pascal and Jérôme gained 25 places between them and now we are getting to the sharp end of the championship, we must focus on Monaco and continue to drive forward."
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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.
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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
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