Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist settled for fourth place in Santiago and took home 12 points for the driver’s standings, as the Swedish driver’s thoughts turn towards securing his championship challenge.
After a poor qualifying session, Rosenqvist started from 14th on the grid but was able to fight his way through the field, finishing in fourth place.
Rosenqvist was in the fight for the lead of the race behind Sebastien Buemi and the two Techeetah drivers, but when he saw how hard Buemi was defending for third place, the Swede settled for fourth rather than risking a collision and finishing outside of the points.
“I had some fabulous pace,” explained Rosenqvist. “I tried to close the gap, but as I got closer, there was a lot of defending from the cars in front of me, and I couldn’t get ahead. While I was ready for any opportunities that came my way, I thought of the championship and decided not to take any further unnecessary risks.
“We had an incredible day though, from P14 to P4, is good points, and that’s how we work towards winning the championship,” he added.
Rosenqvist’s teammate Nick Heidfeld saw his race in Santiago come to a premature end after he was caught out in the first lap chaos at turn four where the German made contact with his compatriot Daniel Abt, whom he later apologised to via social media.
“Obviously, it’s very disappointed to not finish the race,” explained Heidfeld. “After the start, I did make some space on the outside, I saw a gap in turn 4, but in hindsight I might have been too optimistic.
“I didn’t make it entirely alongside the other car and he turned in, though he was not in the wrong. It’s one of those days where you see a gap, go for it gap and it’s a split-second decision, which can lead to a mistake.”
Mahindra Racing, having amassed 87 points are currently second in the team’s championship, two points behind Techeetah. Rosenqvist himself sits second in the driver’s standings on 66 points; five behind leader Jean-Eric Vergne. Heidfeld lies eighth with 21 points.