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.

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“In what has been a very difficult weekend for us, starting with the penalty, things actually unfolded pretty well and it’s amazing we were able to grab some points and come back as a team and do a really good race. The car feels good so, now that all the issues are behind us, I really feel that Marrakesh will be the start of the season and I’m really looking forward to that.”

Jérôme D'Ambrosio
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We went into this weekend with, unfortunately, a big penalty. Qualifying was good and the car felt good and, having finished third fastest after Super Pole, I think the potential was there for a podium finish today. But with the penalty, we had to start from the back, and the race was quite interesting; we managed to score a couple of points and I think that was all we could do today. I’m really looking forward to Marrakesh now.”

Pascal Wehrlein

We knew that today was going to be a tough challenge due to the penalties and we knew it was going to be a case of digging deep, not giving up and recovering as best we could. The pace was encouraging and to achieve Super Pole again, the only team to have done so in every race in season 6, was good. We’ve shown we are fast and we’re encouraged that we had a reliable performance from both cars all weekend and to finish with both cars in the points after incurring the penalties was good. We are heading to possibly our favourite E-Prix next, Marrakesh, which we have won the past two seasons and have many fond memories of. We are determined to move past the niggles we have had at the start of season six and get our campaign back on track.

Dilbagh Gill