Mahindra Racing will embark on a challenge the likes of which has not been seen in motorsport before, when the ABB FIA Formula E Championship resumes its 2019/20 season next week, with the Season Six Finale; a festival that will see teams competing half the season’s races in just nine days. Competing in the six Berlin E-Prix races for the team will be Jérôme D’Ambrosio in the #64, with Alex Lynn alongside him making his debut for Mahindra Racing in the #94.
After a pause in the season of over five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the team is delighted that the FIA and Formula E has found a safe way to resume racing and conclude the season, and is excited to return to the track that holds happy memories for the squad, with Felix Rosenqvist sealing its debut win there in 2017, and Nick Heidfeld standing beside him on the rostrum to make it a double podium. Two of the Season Six Finale races will take place on the traditional Berlin Tempelhof circuit, with the other four being held on two modified configurations of the track. To ensure Mahindra Racing is prepared under the current circumstances, official test and reserve driver Nick Heidfeld will be present in Berlin.
Ahead of the 2019/20 season, Mahindra Racing unveiled an initiative it is proud of; the commitment to plant a tree for every Fanboost vote received for its drivers throughout the campaign. When Covid-19 put a pause on real racing, the team extended the initiative to the Race At Home eSports competition and, through that, has added 100,000 trees to what will be the eventual tally.
JÉRÔME D’AMBROSIO, “I feel great about going to Berlin – I love the track. Having said that, it’s going to be a challenge. We have three double-headers in nine days so it will be a mental and physical challenge for every member of the team. And that’s going to make a difference; the guys that can keep up the pace over the days are the guys that are going to do well. Given the circumstances, it’s great that Formula E have put this together and we’re going to be able to finish the season. I want to be back in the top five, fighting regularly for those positions in every race. And look to get some podiums as well.”
ALEX LYNN, “Berlin is going to be totally different; it’s going to be heading into the unknown for all of us with a few different track changes that will spring up a few surprises. I think you’ve got to prepare knowing it’s going to be intense, there’s no other way around it. You want to build momentum, start on the right foot. These are all things that are easy to say sitting here but difficult to perform because everyone will be aiming to do the same thing. Without a doubt, no-one is going to have been sitting still during this period but I’m definitely with a team that is putting in every effort to achieve results.”
DILBAGH GILL, TEAM PRINCIPAL, “This event is going to be one of our biggest challenges. Six races in nine days – nobody has ever done that. The way we need to look at it is that we’re going to be running a marathon in Berlin, it’s not a sprint like usual. The challenge with Berlin is it’s a very specific track that if you don’t get it right in the beginning you’ll be in trouble, so we really have to work well to get ourselves ready for it. In terms of results, we can only go up – we have not had the best start to the season. Usually we are strong starters and that has been a trend the last few years. We have a good package and we have a good team. There’s nothing wrong with the basics, we’ve just not delivered to our potential so far. We’re determined to put that right in Berlin, the venue of our first ever win.”