Mahindra Racing are looking to bring the fight to Renault e.Dams andAudi Sport ABT in Monaco as they look to retake third in the constructor’s championship off DS Virgin Racing.
The Indian team were robbed of double points finish in Mexico when Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld were caught up in incidents beyond their control in the closing stages of the race.
However, the team is confident that the Circuit of Monaco will suit the superior energy management and pace of the M3Electro could help them take their first win.
“We are excited to be returning to Monaco for the next round of the season,” said Mahindra Team Principal Dilbagh Gill.
“It will be a great venue for us to launch our attack for consistently strong results for the remainder of the season. Mexico City was unkind to us, but we’ll be chasing down a strong result at the Monaco ePrix – after all, anything could happen here!”
Driver’s hopeful of strong finish
Swedish driver Rosenqvist has been delighted by the way the car has progressed this season. The 25-year old is hopeful that he can push for a podium in the race on Saturday.
“The speed of the car is better than ever,” said Rosenqvist. “Our race in Mexico was so much stronger than the first races this season. In Monaco, we need to get a good lap in qualifying to start in the top five.
“We want to avoid any mess at the first corner and if we start in clean air, we have a greater chance of a strong result. Monaco is my hometown now, but I’ve only raced there in karts in 2006, which was on a similar track to the ePrix circuit. It will be really special to make my single-seater debut in Monaco with Formula E!”
Heidfeld is also looking to bounce back from the misfortunes from Mexico and become the first driver to score a podium in Formula One and Formula E in Monaco.
“I’m really looking forward to Monaco, it’s a special circuit with lots of history – though it’s a pity we don’t race on the original longer layout. We have shown good pace but we are definitely targeting more points than we’ve had in the last two races!
“I’m all fired up for a good result, and with the M3Electro this year we have a better chance of winning. While there is limited scope for development I feel the team has worked well to close the margin more and more. It would be cool to be on the podium in Monaco for the fourth different single-seater class after my wins in F3, F3000 and my second place in Formula One, said Heidfeld.”
Formula E will use a modified version of the iconic track around the streets of Monte Carlo, which is just under two kilometres in length. The fully-electric field will start on the iconic start/finish straight before a tight right-hander at turn one, then going on to tackle the infamous Swimming Pool and Tabac corners.