MISSED OPPORTUNITIES IN INDONESIA

4 June 2022, Jakarta, Indonesia

Round 9

– Alexander Sims: Qualifying – 20 / Race – 15 / Points – 00
– Oliver Rowland: Qualifying – 12 / Race – DNF / Points – 00

Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship took place at Berlin’s famous Templehof this weekend, with Sunday’s race running the reverse track to give teams an additional challenge in the already intense double-header.

The inaugural Jakarta E-Prix in Indonesia took place this weekend, in what was Round 9 of the 2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship. Despite things starting well for Mahindra Racing, with a fastest time in free practice one and competitive times in free practice two, both cars missed the Duels qualifying sessions.

This left Oliver Rowland in 12th and Alexander Sims in 20th for the start of the 45-minute plus one lap race. While poised and prepared to use the pace of his M8Electro and renowned ability to push through the pack, Oliver was forced to retire due to a damaged wheel on the opening lap.

For Alexander, his qualifying result dictated his weekend and, despite a valiant effort to climb five places to fifteenth, he ran out of time to turn his weekend around fully.

The team will now take the thermal data garnered in Jakarta to Marrakesh, which promises to be equally hot.

Season 8

– Mahindra Racing: 8th / 12 Points
– Oliver Rowland: 14th / 10 Points
– Alexander Sims: 18th / 2 Points

Season 8 stats

– Wins: 0
– Podiums: 0
– Pole Positions: 0
– Duel Appearances: 3
– Fastest Laps: 0

“After a decent Berlin, where progress continued from Monaco, I’m hopeful that we can keep the momentum going and adjust quickly to the new track. It’s always exciting to go to a new circuit. At Jakarta there are lots of flowing corners with one corner going into the next and into the next. This means it will be important to get on top of the driving aspect quickly and get into a rhythm. Mess up on one corner and it’ll throw the whole lap!”

#29 Alexander Sims

“New tracks are always fun because no one is bringing prior knowledge. We’re all just learning as much as we can as fast as we can. I’m usually a quick learner so I can take advantage at new tracks and get the jump on others. Despite never visiting before, the team has worked so hard to prepare and I’m feeling hopeful of a good result.”

#30 Oliver Rowland

“Going into the second half of the season we are climbing to where we should be performing but we must not stop pushing hard. We need to be consistently qualifying well, gathering good points and positioning ourselves in the top half of the score board. It’s fantastic to finally be racing in Jakarta and we can’t wait to put on a show for the motorsport fans in Indonesia.”

Dilbagh Gill