Mahindra Racing look set to bring home a large haul of points in Mexico, but the race ended in disappointment as both cars were taken out of the race.
In the closing stages of the race, Nicolas Prost tagged Heidfeld in the stadium section. Rosenqvist was right behind his teammate. The Swede had nowhere to go but into the back of Heidfeld while the German was spinning.
Views on the Crash
“Prost spun me quite hard,” sais Heidfeld. “I was stationary in the middle of the circuit. Luckily I was unhurt, but the car was damaged and near un-driveable. But I was able to keep going to finish the race. It’s not what you wish for when you pit in second place, and it was just bad luck that the others messed up.
“The problems started in the pit stops with the Andretti team not realising the minimum pit stop time. In Formula E, the car in the fast lane has priority and this allowed Sam Bird to jump me. Then, even though I had more pace and more energy, I wasn’t able to overtake,” said Heidfeld.
Lack of points a disappointment
Rosenqvist was forced to retire from the race after he lost his front right wheel in the collision with Heidfeld. The Swede was disappointed to lose out on points after a difficult weekend for the team
“There was a lot of chaos with Nico Prost, and I couldn’t avoid Nick,” said Rosenqvist. “I was launched into the air, and my race ended there. This was the toughest track for us this year, especially for me in qualifying, but Monaco should be better suited.”
“The race was going well before the crash. Both M3Electro cars were really good for the race, and we were able to follow everyone and use less energy.
“The race didn’t really pan out in our favour, but we were still up there fighting at the front. We were quite unlucky with the safety cars – while we saved a lot of energy it became a flat-out race in the closing stages,” said Rosenqvist.
Mahindra Racing now returns to Europe for the summer period starting with the Monaco ePrix on Saturday 13 May, where once again the electric street racing of the FIA Formula E Championship promises exciting battles and plenty of points still on offer.