Mahindra Racing has targeted the Diriyah E-Prix doubleheader as a good opportunity to learn more about their package to try and find improvements that will help them succeed this season.
The Indian squad struggled in the opening round of the season in Mexico. Both Edoardo Mortara and Nyck De Vries finished outside the points in 13th and 15th out of 15 runners that took the chequered flag.
Both drivers see Diriyah as an opportunity to learn more about their package, so they can make positive steps forward going into round four of the championship in Sao Paulo.
“The focus heading to Diriyah has to be improving the car, the systems, the setup and working on our package,” said Mortara. “We had some issues in Mexico, it’s fair to say. Diriyah will be a good challenge and a good test for us to try and improve our situation, and to see if we are going in the right direction.”
Nyck de Vries added, “I think, as a team, our focus has to be to continue the learnings from Mexico. Obviously, certain areas will require more attention in terms of improvement and development, but we’re addressing those, we know what they are and hopefully, we can slowly continue to make some steps forward.”
Diriiyah is the first doubleheader of the season, and both Mortara and De Vries believe that it has come at the right time for the team, so they can learn more about the car as we head into a seven-week break between the Diriyah and Sao Paulo E-Prixs.
“It’s going to be our first double-header this weekend,” said Mortara.”Hopefully, we can enjoy some progress from Mexico. Usually, it’s still quite difficult to make significant changes from the first day to the second, so hopefully we can be competitive straight away.
“I’m looking forward to the break between Diriyah and Sao Paolo because that gives much more possibility for the team to develop the car. The main thing this weekend is to finish both races, gather as much data as possible and work on some solutions for the remainder of the year.”
De Vries added, “There are pros and cons to having a double-header. On the second day, everyone has had the learning of day one, so that’s not really a benefit. But I think just getting more and more track time earlier in the year is beneficial for us.
“This will give us more time, more opportunity to learn, so I think in that regard it’s positive for us. But it’s a natural process that, on the second day, everybody clusters together. For us as a team, we can really use that extra track time to our advantage.”