Gap to pacesetters less than expected, says Mahindra

A podium finish in the season opener in Beijing boosted Mahindra Racing's chances to compete at the front end of the grid ahead of the Putrajaya ePrix.

It was unclear from pre-season testing as to where the teams stood in the pecking order, but the Beijing ePrix gave a clearer picture of their positions.

While Renault e.dams looked to be the favourites, the likes of Audi ABT, DS Virgin and Mahindra were not too far off as expected.

"Some manufacturers showed a performance advantage in pre-season testing but we saw in Beijing that the gap is less than we expected," said Mahindra's team principal Dilbagh Gill ahead of the second race.

After scoring their maiden Formula E podium courtesy of their new recruit Nick Heidfeld, Gill hopes to carry the same momentum into the Malaysian round.

"I feel we have unfinished business in Putrajaya. Both our drivers had an opportunity to finish within the top five and for various reasons we didn’t achieve this.

"That said, Putrajaya is a circuit that suits us and the location is spectacular. You might consider this race our home ePrix," he added.

For the second race, Gill is still looking for improvements from the team as they fight with other manufacturers, saying: "We are focusing on improving our pit stops and refining how we operate on race day.

"As a manufacturer in Formula E, our mandate is to develop cutting-edge technology, to race head to head with industry leading OEMs."

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Series Formula E
Event Putrajaya ePrix
Track Streets of Putrajaya
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Bruno Senna
Teams Mahindra Racing
Article type Breaking news
Tags gill