The Mahindra Racing Formula E Team scored a double points finish in Putrajaya with the new M2Electro racing car.
Finishing P5 and P9 respectively, Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld each lost out in the early laps and battled back through the pack to earn a total of twelve points and the promotion of the team to third in the constructors championship.
Following a drive through penalty for Nick Heidfeld for an early release in the pit stops, he rejoined the track in P11. A battery issue in the second stint damaged his cooling system resulting in overheating. Bruno Senna recovered from a glitch that stopped his car momentarily and took advantage of the testing track conditions which were causing trouble for many of the front runners.
Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman of Mahindra Racing Formula E team said: “We had a very good ending after a challenging start and I am very happy that we gained twelve points and finished this second round with Mahindra Racing in third place in the Constructors Championship. The M2Electro is showing its potential and with a clean race we should see our cars finish even better. We will refine our race day strategy and fix the small recurring problems we have had but overall I believe that this car and this team will show so much more performance in the next races.”
Bruno Senna said: “It was a crazy race for all of us. We started well but the car had a glitch under the safety car which meant I dropped back but from then on we followed our plan and took care of our energy use and battery temperatures. The cars around me were struggling with their temperatures and their efficiency so I was able to regain the places quite quickly in the second stint.
I felt close to a podium today but I am happy to take the points. We could have scored a lot more points for both cars but today was one of those races which takes so much out of you and the car with the heat and the humidity. I think that’s why the race was so crazy. We need to work hard to make sure we are there to capitalize on opportunities when they arise.”
Nick Heidfeld said: “We had a tough race and really had to fight for the points we scored today, especially
as we had no radio communication in my second car. I was spun off the track on the first lap but this is
common when you start in the midfield.
That aside, the main issue we had was not a mechanical one but a man-made one. I got a drive-through
penalty for an early release in the pit stop but because we had no radio, I wasn’t sure what kind of penalty
I had to serve and a marshall error meant it was more of a stop-and-go penalty.
Having no radio means you are so limited in what you can do with energy and engine temperature so in
many ways we were driving blind. We must be grateful for the points we scored, but in the next race we
would hope not to leave so many points on the table.”