Jehan Daruvala left Diriyah in a positive mood despite, not being able to convert his fifth-place starting spot into points in Saudi Arabia. 

Saturday’s race in Diriyah saw Daruvala progress into the duels in his third race in the series.

The Indian driver looked on course to secure his first points, but in the latter stages of the race the Maserati driver struggled with energy management, but a rear regen issue saw his race come to an early end.

Despite the negative outcome, Daruvala was in high spirits after the race as he felt he had gained a lot of confidence from these races this weekend.

“My race today wasn’t easy, but it felt good to be fighting in the pack, running up at the front, and gaining experience,” said Daruvala. “Advancing to the duels opened up my opportunities in the race, and we were running inside the points for the most part but unfortunately, I had a technical issue which forced me to retire. 

“It’s a shame, but I can look back on this weekend knowing that I’ve improved my knowledge and taken some good steps forward. I can’t wait to continue my journey in Formula E in Brazil. “So there were a lot of positives to take away from the race.”

Daruvala’s teammate Maximilian Gunther managed to recover some points for the Maserati team after a difficult qualifying session.

“It was a difficult day for us,” stated Gunther. “Our qualifying didn’t go according to plan, and on lap one, we dropped to 12th but we managed to recover some places to finish ninth.

“We executed a good strategy, so a big thank you to the team and especially to Jehan who helped me out today. I think we did the maximum we could.

“For sure, it wasn’t an ideal day but we turned it into a solid outcome. We’ve had three races, secured three points finishes, and we have had a strong start to the year. I’m feeling good, and I’m looking forward to the next race in São Paulo.”

Cyril Blais, Chief Engineer of Maserati MSG Racing added, “We had a difficult race today. With Jehan starting fifth and Max 11th, we were hoping for a double-points finish but the start was difficult and they lost positions on lap one.

“After that, they both settled into a good rhythm, and Max was able to recover some positions to move into the top 10.

“With Jehan, we lost some time when activating Attack Mode, but he was performing well. Unfortunately, he had an issue with his car which forced him to retire, which is a big shame because with the performance he delivered, he deserved a top-10 finish.

“Max was able to finish ninth to score two points. We know that we’re capable of more, but scoring points consistently is very important in Formula E. From here, we’ll look at the first three races, address the areas we can improve in and hopefully fight at the front in Brazil.”