Mahindra aiming for another podium in Marrakesh

Mahindra Racing are looking to improve on their strong performance last time out as they head to the Marrakesh ePrix.

The season opener saw Nick Heidfeld grab the team’s third ever podium in the series, after fighting through from eleventh on the grid.

And although Felix Rosenqvist finished outside of the top ten, he was able to get the points for fastest lap after setting a time faster than the best lap from qualifying.

This has led to renewed optimism within the team, and speaking ahead of the Marrakesh ePrix, Team Principal Dilbagh Gill said, “We had a good beginning to the season at the opening round…but there are still areas to improve on.

“Marrakesh is our next chance to do just that and I’m really excited to see our team move forward once again.

“Nick was able to capitalise on a great start, move up the field and expertly manage his energy in Hong Kong.

“While Felix’s first race didn’t exactly go to plan, his pace was quicker than the pole lap and we remain confident in his ability to deliver a good race result in Marrakesh.”

Rosenqvist shared similar thoughts, saying he was hoping to build on the pace he showed last time out.

He said, “The target for this race is to build on what we achieved in Hong Kong. The pace was really good and I would like to keep that trend.

“We know that we have a good package and I want to be able to use it to its maximum potential as soon as possible even if I am still learning a little bit every time.”

His team-mate Heidfeld believes that the Marrakesh track will be a different challenge however. The layout includes more high speed corners than Hong Kong, something he believes will result in drivers having to do more energy saving.

“The Marrakesh ePrix circuit has a lot of quick corners compared to Hong Kong and even compared to most of the other races in Formula E so far,” he said.

“The first two corners are quite special for Formula E as they are quick and long, and you have to keep turning all the way through them.

“It’s partly a permanent circuit, but still has many walls just like any street circuit, so there will be a high chance of full course yellow or a safety car.

“Everyone is likely to have a challenge with energy management, because the layout means it’s going to be a race that requires a lot of coasting and conservation.”