Mahindra Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio felt that the Indian team started the season in the best possible way after securing a podium finish in the opening round of the season in Saudi Arabia.
D’Ambrosio was able to comfortably maintain his position of sixth place, and on lap 21, overtook Sebastien Buemi to move up to fifth.
A lap later, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer were handed drive-through penalties for technical infringements, pitting from first and second, which moved the Belgian up into the top three behind Antonio Felix Da Costa and Jose Mario Lopez.
On lap 23, D’ambrosio overtook Lopez for the second position and was running comfortably there until a safety car bunched up the pack.
On lap 30, after the restart, reigning Champion Vergne overtook him, putting him P3, the position in which he took the chequered flag after 33 laps to secure his and Mahindra Racing’s first podium of the 2018/19 season.
“It’s an amazing way to start Season 5 and I think there are good days ahead of us if we keep working the way we do. I played it safe at the beginning to try to save some energy but stay close enough to fight for position.
“I’ve had a difficult couple of seasons so it’s great to start this new relationship with the team in this way. Going forward, we have to start fighting for the championship. There are some tough competitors out there as Formula E is becoming one of the most competitive championships in the world,” said D’Ambrosio.
For D’Ambrosio’s team-mate Felix Rosenqvist it wasn’t the farewell the SWede was hoping for as he retired from the race on lap 8.
“The car felt like it had a lot of speed but it was a bit tricky to drive; it wasn’t one of those days when you felt really confident but we didn’t have much practice so everything was a bit of a guess.
“Then we had a mechanical failure in qualifying which caused us to have a big shunt and in the race, the same thing happened but I was able to park the car.
“I’m sad I couldn’t score any points for the team and it’s a shame as I think we could have had a really good result today but it was fun to be back and I’m really happy for Jérôme and for Mahindra on the podium today,” said Rosenqvist.