Mahindra Racing leads the team’s championship after the first two round of the season despite making mistakes on and off track.
Felix Rosenqvist took victory in the second race in Hong Kong, but the Swede spun from ht lead at turn one after the safety car start and went back to 11th place.
The 26-year old then battled his way through the field from 11th to third place. Rosenqvist inherited second after Edoardo Mortara spin from the lead and then took victory three hours after the race due to Daniel Abt’s disqualification.
“We haven’t really had an idea of what our M4 car is like on a street circuit until now, but this weekend really showed that we have the pace to be very competitive.
“For sure, we made a few mistakes, but we also got a lot of things right. I struggled with my brake balance through the weekend, and I feel we could have been even better, but for now, I’m happy to start the season like this.
“The pole position, win and fastest lap shows that we can mount a serious challenge this year and that we’re ready to work hard and go for both championship titles,” said Rosenqvist.
Frustration for Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld had a mixed weekend in Hong Kong. The German drove excellently on Saturday to secure a podium, but technical issues on Sunday stopped him from scoring championship points.
“On Saturday, I had a perfect launch off the line, and a very quick pit stop resulted in a strong podium position, but possibly, it was one of my most disappointing career podiums ever, because I had such a quick car, but Jean Eric-Verge did some solid defending in front of me, and although I pushed to the limit I couldn’t quite make it past him.
“In the second race, I was unlucky to face a technical issue that required me to stop temporarily on the circuit and reset, and hence not bring any points home. The positive thing to take away is that we have a car that is really good and quick, and we have 12 more races ahead of us, so we can make them count,” said Heidfeld
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill was delighted that Mahindra was able to start the season four the way the left season three, but admits the team still has a lot of learning to do.
“Although we made a few mistakes and let ourselves down a bit, I’m happy that the team has picked up where we left off last year.
“To be the first team in the short history of Formula E to record a perfect score of pole position, race win and fastest race lap. We could have had even better results from the whole weekend, but for now, we’re happy with the race win, the podium, pole, and fastest lap. I’m confident that we’ve got a product that’s going to be strong and very competitive for the whole season,” said Gill.