Exclusive: Gill disappointed with Wehrlein departure

Mahindra Team Principal Dilbagh Gill revealed that he was disappointed with the circumstances around Pascal Wehrlein’s departure from the team, in an interview with Formula E Zone.

Wehrlein announced that he had parted ways with Mahindra earlier this month, with reports stating that he will replace Neel Jani at Porsche at the end of this season.

The German joined Mahindra one race into the 2018-19 Formula E season as a replacement for Felix Rosenqvist and has impressed, picking up one pole position and one podium.

Gill told Formula E Zone: “I don’t wish to comment on contractual matters with our drivers, but I will say that the situation came as a disappointment as we didn’t want it to end this way.”

Despite the move coming as a disappointment, Gill said he was not annoyed with Wehrlein’s decision and argued that it was part of the territory when hiring young and ambitious drivers.

“The situation does not annoy me. We wish Pascal the best in his future endeavours and he wishes us the best too,” he added.

“When a driver is in the team we will try and do the best to help them develop, and how we have done that the past few years is pairing them with a more experienced driver, like Felix with Nick and Pascal with Jerome. That is the formula we are going to try and continue with.

“We hired Felix Rosenqvist and had two fantastic years with him before he made the move to IndyCar. And the relationship with Felix has been very good since he left. He came and helped us in Riyadh when we needed him in season five when Pascal could not drive. And don’t forget Oliver Rowland, who we had in season two for one race when he stepped in for Nick Heidfeld and he has become one of the strongest drivers in the championship.

“There is a lot of good talent out there, and we want to find the best talent for our team. I think Formula E is tough for many drivers, especially very young ones with not much experience. As a team we are always looking for the best driver pairing of the series, whether that be young drivers who we need to help develop but have the potential adapt to the series quickly or drivers with more experience under their belt that have the potential to be the best drivers in the series.”

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