MAHINDRA RACING SHOW FIERCE FIGHT BACK SKILLS TO SCORE DOUBLE POINTS FINISH IN MEXICO
15 February 2020, Mexico City – The fourth race of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship took place today in Mexico City. After starting from the back of the grid due to incurring pre-race penalties, both Mahindra Racing drivers showed incredible comeback skills to claw back a combined 28 positions, with Pascal picking up two points for finishing ninth and Jérôme collecting the final point for tenth.
After a pre-race change of gearbox components in both the #64 and #94 M6Electros to address reliability concerns, the Mexico City E-Prix was set to be a race of recovery for Mahindra Racing. Both cars were handed a 40-place grid penalty which, in practicality, meant that both cars started at the back of the grid, with Pascal also having to take a drive through and Jérôme a 10 second stop-and-go during the race.
Pascal continued the team’s strong form in qualifying, recording a fourth consecutive Super Pole appearance, meaning the team is the only one to have made it to Super Pole in all four E-Prix so far this season. He set the third fastest time of the session but started the race from 24th, alongside Jérôme D’Ambrosio in 23rd who had provisionally qualified 14th.
In the race, both drivers headed into the pits on the first lap to serve their respective penalties and the team was quickly rewarded for the strategy when a safety car was deployed on lap two to recover Nico Muller’s stricken Dragon, which bunched up the pack. After the restart on lap 4, Pascal and Jérôme began the task of moving up the order, racing smartly and taking advantage of an action-packed 45 minutes that saw several retirements and incidents. Pascal and Jérôme took the chequered flag in 9th and 10th positions respectively.
Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans won today’s Mexico City E-Prix, with DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix Da Costa second and Nissan’s Sebastien Buemi third.