11 MAY 2019, MONACO – Monte Carlo played host to the ninth round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with Pascal Wehrlein and Jérôme D’Ambrosio in action on the famed streets of the principality for Mahindra Racing at the Monaco E-Prix. Pascal picked up 13 championship points by finishing just off the podium in fourth and setting the fastest lap in the #94 M5Electro. Jérôme finished in 11th position, just missing out on points.
Pascal started from the front row of the grid after a strong qualifying performance saw him progress to Super Pole. After qualifying in fourth, he was promoted two places after both Oliver Rowland and Mitch Evans incurred grid penalties. A clean start saw the 24-year-old maintain second behind pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne, and then after a lock-up he moved into fourth on lap 9 behind Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa. The top four pulled away from the rest of the pack and had a battle for the remainder of the race. Despite Pascal having blistering race pace and having a nose-to-tail battle in the closing laps with Massa, the nature of the track made it impossible to overtake and he had to settle for a fourth-place finish, just missing out a podium. The result saw him collect 12 points and a bonus point for setting the fastest lap.
Unfortunately, qualifying did not go to plan for Jérôme, who set his lap time in group 1, which turned out to be a disadvantage as the track improved throughout group qualifying. He then had a three-place grid penalty applied from an incident at the last race in Paris and was forced to begin from 19th. In a race that was fairly processional and on a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake, he was able to gain some ground, improving six positions on his starting slot, to cross the line in 13th. He was later promoted to 11th after Antonio Felix Da Costa and Daniel Abt received post-race penalties.
Mahindra Racing maintain fourth position in the Team’s Championship, while Jérôme and Pascal are seventh and 12th respectively in the Driver’s battle. The fight is incredibly tight, with just 36 points separating the top 12 drivers.
The Monaco E-Prix was won by DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Verne. Nissan’s Oliver Rowland was second, with Venturi’s Felipe Massa third.
Round ten of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the Berlin E-Prix, will take place on Saturday 25 May.
“I’m not happy with the result today; we should have been second. We were clearly the fastest car on the track but I made a small mistake and locked up which lost us two positions and cost us the podium. The positive is that our qualifying and race pace was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to getting on track in Berlin and aiming for the top.”
“It was difficult race today. I still managed to make up a few positions from where I started, but not enough to grab points. Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to have the pace this race, so we have to try to figure out why and improve that for Berlin.”
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL
“Pascal’s qualifying and race pace was phenomenal and that is very encouraging. If not for a small mistake we would have had a podium today. Jérôme had a tougher race and had to start at the back. A whole lot of things are very encouraging and we have found the pace again, which we showed in Paris and again here today, so it bodes well for the remainder of the season.”
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SEASON 5 STATS
MAHINDRA:- 4th 116 pts
D’AMBROSIO:- 7th 65 pts
WERHLEIN:- 12th 51 pts
- 1 WIN
- 3 PODIUMS
- 1 FASTEST LAP AWARD
- 1 JULIUS BÄR POLE POSITION
- 5 SUPER POLE APPEARANCES
- 116 POINTS
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 18 podiums, and seven pole positions since season one. 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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