Mahindra boss hails Berlin victory as "massive breakthrough"

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Mahindra boss hails Berlin victory as
Sam Smith
By: Sam Smith
Jun 11, 2017, 6:10 AM

Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill has lauded the Indian outfit’s first-ever Formula E victory in Saturday's Berlin race as a "massive breakthrough."

Race winner Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing and Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racingon the podium
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, celebrates in Parc Ferme after winning the race
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, leads Jose Maria Lopez, DS Virgin Racing, and Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing

Gill, who was instrumental in forming the team in 2013, believes that Felix Rosenqvist’s win in the first leg of the Berlin ePrix double-header has been in the pipeline since the start of the current season.

“To be honest, we didn’t even start to dream about winning until this year,” Gill told Motorsport.com.

“We learnt after the first two seasons just how to get on the podium and now we made victory a reality and chipping away like we have the confidence and expertise has come."

Gill paid tribute to his team, which is made of largely British and Spanish team members thanks to its partnership with the Campos Racing operation.

“It means so much for us, because we are a team that was built from the ground up,” said Gill.

“We have changed a few of the ingredients but we have a great group of loyal people here, and it has been great to work together as an Indian team but also with key elements of British and Spanish talent and bases too.”

“It really hasn’t sunk in yet, but make no mistake this was a great team victory and one which for us is a massive breakthrough for Mahindra and Indian sport.

"We knew it would happen soon because we have had increased confidence with multiple podiums. For some reason when I woke up this morning I knew we would win.”

A third place for Nick Heidfeld in Berlin completed a double podium finish for Mahindra.

Gill said the team would not "get greedy" after its maiden triumph, but believes that more victories will come as his outfit hunts a Berlin double in the second race at Tempelhof.

“We were strong in qualifying but there was a small mistake but we were still very confident because our starts have been so strong all season," he said.

"Again we made places at the start and Felix managed the energy and tyres and did a fantastic race.

"We were looking at a 1-2 but it wasn’t to be, but we will not get greedy. Both drivers were excellent and it gives us an added thirst for more success tomorrow [Sunday].” 

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