Aggressive but precise drives from Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna meant, on a weekend when Season 1 & Season 2 machinery matched blows, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team leave Long Beach with 22 Championship Points, the largest combined points haul in the Team’s history. Starting in P4 & P10 respectively, Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna showed strong energy management and race pace to finish in fourth and fifth position respectively.
While Lucas Di Grassi took a composed drive to victory Sébastien Buemi hit the self destruct button, and Robin Frijns. The result sees the Mahindra Racing Team significantly closing the gap with the team ahead. With five races remaining, Mahindra Racing has already surpassed its total points tally from the inaugural season.
#23 Nick Heidfeld said: “I am happy that we scored the best finish in the Team’s history today. Most importantly, I think we are progressing well. A lot of work has been done to achieve this performance and we will continue to push as a team for better results. This is a very positive result for us”
“I want to thank the fans for their support in voting for me to win FanBoost. After the safety car came in I used the FanBoost to fight for third position but it wasn’t quite enough to complete the move. I’m grateful to everyone who voted.”
#21 Bruno Senna said: “The theme of the day is progress. We have gained momentum since Buenos Aires and the results speak for themselves. My first car was really impressive today. We were very efficient and this allowed us to stick to our strategy and control our race.”
“We tried some new solutions in the first practice session which didn’t work so well and we improved the car significantly for the second session. The M2Electro is a consistent, efficient package. We had energy in hand to battle with those around us and we nailed the pit stop once again.”
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal of Mahindra Racing Formula E Team, said: “Today I can say we achieved exactly what we planned to do. We have pushed to develop the car and regain the ground we lost in some recent races.
This result shows that we have built up that momentum again. To achieve our best ever finish in the process is the icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to the European races to continue this pace of improvement and progress further toward the front of the pack.”
— Mahindra Racing (@MahindraRacing) April 2, 2016