Pascal Wehrlein praised his Mahindra team after he secured a second place finish in Santiago, as the team gave him added confidence after a disappointing race in Marrakesh.
The German’s first race for Mahindra ended after one lap in Marrakesh after contact with Lucas Di Grassi on the opening lap.
However, the Mahindra team picked up Wehrlein who was devastated by the outcome and told him he could b achieve what his team-mate Jerome D’ Ambrosio did in Marrakesh after the Belgian won the race.
Wehrlein repaid that trust in Santiago, as he was able to finish in second after battling for the lead of the race with eventual race winner Sam Bird.
The 22-year old suffered high battery temperatures in the final few laps which thwarted his attempt to fight for the victory.
“I was pretty close to passing,” said Wehrlein. “I was starting to move into Turn 12 when the team told me I should slow and manage the gap behind as we were critical on temperatures – and I wanted to finish the race!
“It was a bit of a shame, and I was a bit angry in the car. Out of the car… now it’s a good feeling. The team and I are a perfect fit and a perfect match.
“In the first race, everyone was so kind to me and were saying what Jerome achieved I could’ve probably achieved as well. They’re giving me a lot of trust, confidence and I want to deliver the best.”