PERFECT PARISIAN PODIUM FOR MAHINDRA RACING
20 May 2017, Paris: Mahindra Racing has scored back-to-back podiums and its best-ever double points finish with a sensational team performance in today’s 2017 FIA Formula E Paris ePrix.
German driver Nick Heidfeld picked up where he left off just seven days ago with a solid run to third place, just one position ahead of his Swedish teammate Felix Rosenqvist. The combined team result represents an improvement over last weekend’s Monaco ePrix when the drivers took third and sixth respectively.
All four of the team’s M3Electro racecars performed faultlessly throughout the 49-lap race around the Les Invalides street circuit in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, offering superior energy efficiency while matching the pace of the race leaders.
After both drivers qualified just shy of the series’ Super Pole shootout session in sixth and seventh, they started the race in fifth and sixth following a ten-place grid penalty for competitor Oliver Turvey.
Heidfeld immediately jumped from fifth to fourth on the opening lap, with Rosenqvist following suit to overtake Esteban Gutierrez not long after. A collision down the field forced early pit stops for most drivers.
The Mahindra Racing pair successfully swapped to their second cars to emerge in the same order as before and in the perfect position to capitalise when Jean-Éric Vergne collided with the temporary concrete barrier.
The team’s performance in Paris was made extra poignant in front of popular Indian actress Gul Panag, who was a special Mahindra Racing guest this weekend. Gul had a taste of Formula E action herself recently with a test drive of the upcoming M4Electro.
Today’s podium, the team’s fourth of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship, allows Mahindra Racing to close the gap on ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in the teams’ standings with just six races left to run.