Mahindra Racing are preparing for the first double-header of the season by bringing new software updates to their car, as the Indian team look to close the gap to Audi Sport ABT for second in the team’s championship.
Fresh from the team’s best result in Paris (third and fourth), Mahindra are looking to build on their current momentum as the Formula E Championship enters the closing stages of its third season.
Returning To Tempelhof
The sport returns to Berlin for the third straight season, but the teams have to contend with a new track layout at Tempelhof Airport that hosted the first Berlin ePrix after Formula E visited Karl-Marx-Allee last season.
The new design is shorter and features 10 turns around the former airfield, presenting new challenges for teams as they get to grips with the abrasive, high-friction surface. On Saturday, Formula E will race 44 laps of the circuit before returning on Sunday to contest 46 laps. The event will mark the first of the three
Nick Heidfeld is looking forward to getting into the car for his home ePrix. The German driver has recorded to podium finishes in the last two rounds of the championship and is hopeful he can repeat that in both races this weekend.
“A home ePrix is always special,” said Heidfeld. “I have double the chance of a strong result with a race on both Saturday and Sunday. We’re going back to Tempelhof after a year away, and I think it’s an awesome place.
“The layout is a bit different: it was already great for spectators the last time and now they can see even more of the circuit. It’s not like other races because it’s not a street circuit and the surface is different to anything we’ve raced before.
“On the performance and car side, we’re building on the success of the last couple of races. This weekend, I’m proud to be driving with the Welthungerhilfe logo, and I hope it brings more awareness to the hard work they are doing,” explained Heidfeld.
“I don’t feel like a rookie anymore.”
Felix Rosenqvist is also coming into Berlin on the back of strong results in Monaco and Paris. The Swede is fully focused on securing his second poduim in Formula E.
“We have great momentum after two podiums for Nick and my sixth and fourth positions,” said Rosenqvist. “The hunger is still there to take more podiums and a win, but at this stage of the season, you’re also starting to look at the championship.
“You try to take fewer risks to secure a strong result – especially with the double-headers. We have some great things coming from the team on the technical side, which is improving all the time and both Nick and I are in the mix with those at the front of the grid. I’m starting to feel really at home in Formula E – I don’t feel like a rookie anymore!” explained Rosenqvist.
On Saturday, Formula E will race 44 laps of the circuit before returning on Sunday to contest 46 laps. The event will mark the first of the three double-headers that will round out the Formula E season, acting as a precursor to races in New York City and Montreal.