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Mahindra Racing earns best ever points finish in Formula E

While Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfeld finished third in the Formula E Paris ePrix, teammate Felix Rosenqvist ended fourth.

other sports Updated: May 21, 2017 18:02 IST
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Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfeld during the Formula E Paris ePrix.(Reuters)

Mahindra Racing scored back-to-back podiums and its best-ever double points finish with a brilliant team performance in the FIA Formula E Paris ePrix. German driver Nick Heidfeld picked up where he left off just seven days ago with a solid run to third place, just one position ahead of his Swedish teammate Felix Rosenqvist.

The combined team result represents an improvement over last weekend’s Monaco ePrix when the drivers took third and sixth.

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All four of the team’s M3Electro race cars performed faultlessly throughout the 49-lap race around the Les Invalides street circuit in Paris, matching the pace of race leaders.

Poised for positions

After both drivers qualified just shy of the series’ Super Pole shootout session in sixth and seventh, they started the race in fifth and sixth following a 10-place grid penalty for Oliver Turvey.

Heidfeld immediately jumped from fifth to fourth on the opening lap with Rosenqvist following suit to overtake Esteban Gutierrez not long after. A collision down the field forced early pit stops for most drivers.

The Mahindra Racing pair successfully swapped to their second cars to emerge in the same order as before and in perfect position to capitalise when Jean-Eric Vergne collided with a barrier.

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The podium, the team’s fourth this season, allows Mahindra Racing to close the gap on ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in the team standings with just six races left to run.

“It’s great to have two podiums in a row. This is one of the best circuits of the season and you simply cannot beat the surroundings. It was another exciting race and the good thing is that we were a lot more competitive than we were in Monaco,” said Heidfeld.

“It was nice to see that I had similar pace to the leaders and had a lot more energy available. It’s a great result for the team, the best-ever result again after we already had it in Monaco. We cannot stop working hard until we reach our final target - to win.”

The next races will be held in Berlin on June 10 and 11.

First Published: May 21, 2017 13:37 IST