Heidfeld targeting third in driver’s championship


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Nick Heidfeld has said that he is targeting third in the driver’s championship after Mahindra Racing’s upturn in form.

Heidfeld managed three podium place in a row in Monaco, Paris and Berlin, before a problem in qualifying put him at the back of the grid for the second race in Berlin.

Even then the German was able to fight his way back into the points, while his team mate Felix Rosenqvist crossed the line in first only to be demoted to second following a penalty.

The result left Heidfeld in fifth place in the driver’s standings, nine point behind Nico Prost and twenty-three points behind Rosenqvist.

And while Heidfeld does admit that finishing third won’t be an easy task, he said that he had to set himself a high bar.

He said, “After my previous race in Berlin where I started at the back of the grid, I’m hoping to catch up some points to the guys in front as my target is to finish third in the drivers’ championship – which will not be easy but you have to set yourself some high, but realistic, goals.”

Speaking about this weekend’s double header ePrix in New York, Heidfeld highlighted that the difference in laps between the first and second race will prove to be challenging.

The Saturday race is set to be 43 laps long, with the Sunday race being 49 laps – meaning drivers will have to do a significant amount of energy saving in the second race.

“I’m really looking forward to New York: not only are we really strong at the moment with our most recent victory and podiums but also because New York is one of the most special cities in the world,” Heidfeld said.

“It’s new to have so many laps difference between the Saturday and Sunday – we will have a lot more information after the first race, though it will still be a challenge to find the best strategy for the long race on Sunday.”