Dilbagh Gill: “we achieved exactly what we planned to do”

Mahindra Racing Formula E Team got their best ever results at the Long Beach ePrix last weekend, when Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna brought home a combined total of 22 points – the largest combined points haul in the history of the team.

“I am happy that we scored the best finish in the Team’s history today,” said German driver, Heidfeld. “Most importantly, I think we are progressing well. A lot of work has been done to achieve this performance and we will continue to push as a team for better results. This is a very positive result for us.

I want to thank the fans for their support in voting for me to win FanBoost. After the safety car came in I used the FanBoost to fight for third position but it wasn’t quite enough to complete the move. I’m grateful to everyone who voted.”  

Starting fourth and tenth respectively, Heidfeld and Senna showed strong energy management and quick pace to cross the line in fourth and fifth position on Saturday afternoon under the American sun. The results mean that the team have closed the gap in the team championship standings with DS Virgin Racing, ahead of them.

Senna said: “…The theme of the day is progress. We have gained momentum since Buenos Aires and the results speak for themselves. My first car was really impressive today. We were very efficient and this allowed us to stick to our strategy and control our race.

We tried some new solutions in the first practice session which didn’t work so well and we improved the car significantly for the second session. The M2Electro is a consistent, efficient package. We had energy in hand to battle with those around us and we nailed the pit stop once again.”  

The team hope to continue to develop and improve the results that they achieved in Long Beach with Team Principal, Dilbagh Gill saying: “Today I can say we achieved exactly what we planned to do. We have pushed to develop the car and regain the ground we lost in some recent races.

This result shows that we have built up that momentum again. To achieve our best ever finish in the process is the icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to the European races to continue this pace of improvement and progress further toward the front of the pack.”