After going into the Hong Kong E-Prix aiming to maintain their lead in both championships, the two Mahindra Racing drivers were forced to retire after coming into contact with Felipe Nasr’s car when it hit the wall early in the race.
Mahindra has finished on the podium each year since the inaugural race in Hong Kong in 2016, meaning this is the first time both drivers have not finished the race.
Although a disappointing result to the weekend, Mahindra is still fighting for the championships sitting in third in the teams’ standings, while Jérôme D’Ambrosio has only down to second in the drivers’ championship with 53 points; only one point behind Envision Virgin Racing’s driver Sam Bird.
“I think it was obvious that there was an issue with Nasr’s car as there was smoke coming out of it so Dragon should have brought him into the pits, made the car safe and then sent him out. In my opinion, they caused a dangerous collision, and that needs looking at,” said D’Ambrosio as he reflected on how the outcome of the race could have been avoided.
However, D’Ambrosio was trying to stay positive and already start thinking about the next race and said: “We have to pick ourselves back up and focus on the next race.”
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill spoke about the disappointment and unfortunate luck the team had in their 50th race in the series: “It’s unfortunate that on the celebration of 50 races for Mahindra Racing it turned into the shortest race of our Formula E history.”
“We are obviously very disappointed, but we are still up there in both championships so now we must take the fight to Sanya and get back on track,” Gill said.
Pascal Wehrlein was also keen to learn from this weekend and focus on the next round in Sanya, China.
He said: “Obviously the race was short; I couldn’t avoid the accident because the car in front of me crashed into the wall, so it was an early finish for us. We have to work hard now to make sure our car is competitive in wet conditions because we know we have got the pace in the dry. So we learn from this and move on to Sanya.”