- Felix Rosenqvist takes his second pole of the season
- Mahindra Racing retire both cars from the race
3rd MARCH, 2018, MEXICO CITY – Mahindra Racing returned to Mexico City after a year for the third Mexico City E-Prix. While the track does not hold the best memories for the team, both drivers and the team were ready to get going and come back out on top.
A dusty track that cleaned up with every session saw Nick put himself in a firm tenth position, and started from eight on the grid due to the two DS-Virgin cars being awarded penalties.
Felix Rosenqvist in an absolutely electrifying lap took Super-Pole comfortably and was all set to control the race from the green lights.
A clean start for Felix meant that he was out ahead of the field and maintained a safe distance to the quick NIO of Oliver Turvey. Nick dropped two positions down the order while attempting to avoid collisions and other adverse incidents. As the pack started battling each other and the field was filled with fast charging and hard fighting cars, Felix capitalised on this race pack drama and started to pull away comfortably from the second car. However, on lap 15, Felix’s car slowed down to a complete halt, affected by a Battery Management System error. Over the course of the next few laps, after stopping and starting a few times, the Swede switched cars in order to continue his charge on a fresh set of wheels. However, with an early stop and hence a need to conserve too much energy, attempting to pull along to the finish would have been nothing short of pointless. Taking a mature decision, the team retired the car.
A few laps after Nick’s routine pitstop, he started experiencing some mechanical issues, and he was forced to stop and start a few times. Rather than go on fruitlessly, the second car was also pitted.
The only way is forward though and the team are determined to find the source of the problem for both drivers, fix it, and bounce back in true Mahindra Racing fashion.
POINTS: 90 | POSITION: 2nd (TEAMS), 2nd & 10th (DRIVERS)
“A very disappointing day for us, pole position, a comfortable race lead. Unfortunately, a common part, the battery, failed on Felix’s car but at the end of the day we’re still positive that we had the car to win.”
QUALIFIED: P8 | FINISHED: DNF
POINTS: 21 | 10th IN CHAMPIONSHIP
“It was not the best race start, we were bunched up and I tried to avoid doing anything crazy in the first half of the race. After the pit-stop, the car felt good on my outlap and I had my sights set on making up some positions; unfortunately, soon after I had a technical problem with my car, and there was nothing else to do except box the car.”
QUALIFIED: P1 | FINISHED: DNF
POINTS: 69 | 2nd IN CHAMPIONSHIP
“One of those rare days when I can say it was quite a perfect Saturday. Right from the practice sessions through to qualifying. I was out in front with a comfortable three second lead and it was getting better. It was all a bit too good to be true, but the issue was not in our hands. We need to move forward from here and get back to the top.”
The next E-Prix takes place on March 17th 2018 in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. The team returns to Uruguay after a one year gap, most definitely wiser and more in control, and without doubt refreshed, renewed and ready to go into battle for the top once again.
Mahindra Racing statistics for the 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E Season
- 2 wins
- 3 podiums
- 2 Julius Bär Pole Position
- 1 VISA Fastest Lap Awards
- 5 Super Pole appearances
- 90 points
About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series. The M3Electro race car, launched for season 3 which concluded in July 2017, proved to be a competitive package getting the team’s first race win, a total of ten podiums, three pole positions and two fastest lap awards. With these strong results, Mahindra Racing secured third place in the Teams’ Championship and rookie driver Felix Rosenqvist took third in the Drivers’ Championship. For Season 4, commencing in Hong Kong in December 2017, the team has high technical and sporting ambitions with its newly developed M4Electro race car that pushes the limits of technology and innovation.
Visit us at mahindraracing.com
About the FIA Formula E Championship
The FIA Formula E Championship is the electric street racing series and the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater category in motorsport. Formula E brings electrifying wheel-to-wheel action to some of the world’s leading cities, racing against the backdrop of iconic skylines such as New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.
The inaugural season of Formula E sparked into life in September 2014 around the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. The fourth edition of the FIA Formula E Championship will see 10 teams and 20 drivers compete in 11 cities spanning five continents in the fight to be crowned Formula E champion. Hong Kong hosts the season-opener over the course of two days on December 2 & 3, with the championship coming to a close in Montreal on July 28 & 29. Formula E is a competitive platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, acting as a catalyst for sustainable mobility solutions - helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and improving the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.
For this season, more manufacturers have joined the electric revolution with reigning champion Lucas di Grassi looking to defend his title behind the wheel of the Audi-backed ABT Schaeffler team. More big-name manufacturers have also committed to race in Formula E - including BMW and Nissan in tandem with the new-look car and battery in season five, along with Mercedes-Benz and Porsche who also plan to join the following year.
Follow Formula E: www.fiaformulae.com
About Mahindra Group
The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 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, aerospace, commercial vehicles, components, defence, logistics, real estate, renewable energy, speedboats and steel, amongst other businesses. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 2,40,000 people across 100 countries.
Learn more about Mahindra: mahindra.com