Mahindra Racing has capped off its best ever season in the Formula E Championship by securing third in the constructor’s championship.
Swedish racing driver Felix Rosenqvist delivered the team’s final podium in round 12, while teammate Nick Heidfeld followed in fifth to lock down third in the Teams’ Championship ahead of Ds Virgin Racing.
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill was ecstatic with finishing third in the team’s championship but felt that this achievement couldn’t have been done without his team.
“Mahindra Racing has done an incredible job to deliver our best-ever results, secure third in the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships and make us the most improved team in the paddock. It’s because of their hard work that we have come this far,” said Gill.
The breakout rookie of the season, Rosenqvist has delivered five podiums including a maiden victory for himself and Mahindra Racing in Berlin. His three pole positions have also helped him to third in the Drivers’ Championship in his inaugural Formula E season.
Rosenqvist was also thrilled with his come back in Montreal to secure a podium on the final day of the season.
“It was a good to come back so strongly from the race yesterday, I made a mistake, but it meant we were under pressure from Sam Bird today to secure third in the Drivers’ Championship. We got the pole though! I was very impressed by the team; Nick and I sat down with them for a long time last night and figured out how we needed to improve qualifying.
“We made it happen, and that was the key to starting from pole and controlling the race initially. JEV probably had the better strategy and was hungrier for the win. I spoke with my engineer about where Sam Bird was and didn’t want to compromise my energy targets. I’m very happy to finish in third for the Drivers’ and also happy for the team to finish third in the Teams’ Championship. That’s a fantastic season for us,” explained Roenqvist.
The experienced German
Heidfeld collected a further five podiums for the team, including four at consecutive race venues from Monaco up to the previous round in New York City.
“It’s a great end to the season for us, and I’m delighted for the team,” explained Heidfeld. Finishing third in the Teams’ Championship was the main target.
“After I struggled so much yesterday and this morning in practice, I was very happy to be in Super Pole for qualifying and then to start from fourth in the race. I did a good job, but it was a difficult weekend because I just couldn’t keep up with the pace of the cars in front.
“Finishing fifth was OK, and I was able to secure some points. The race went pretty smooth, nothing crazy happened, but most importantly we finished in the top three in the Teams’ Championship! Congratulations to Lucas di Grassi and to Renault e.dams for winning their championships,” said Heidfeld