Mahindra delighted with best ever points haul

Credit: Mahindra

Mahindra Racing were delighted after scoring their best ever result in Formula E at Monaco.

Nick Heidfeld’s third-place finish along with the sixth placed finish for Felix Rosenqvist bagged the team 23 points and with it third place in the championship.

It’s put the Indian team back to where they belong according to their Principal, Dilbagh Gill.

After the race he said, “It’s great to finally be back where we belong in third place in the teams’ standings after our best ever result in Formula E.

“A double-points finish is exactly how we wanted to start our comeback of consistently strong results, and we can’t wait to use the momentum in Paris next week.”

It was a special weekend as well for Heidfeld, who achieved a podium in his fourth different category around the streets of Monaco.

Although a large part of his good result was due to a collision between Nelson Piquet Jr and Jean-Eric Vergne in front of him, Heidfeld was able to then pull away from the cars behind him to take a comfortable third place.

“I was running quite safely in fifth place with not too big a gap to the guys in front, meaning I wasn’t tailing them when they made contact and benefited nicely,” he said.

“This promoted me to third, and while I couldn’t hold the pace of the leaders it was nice to see the cars in my wing mirrors getting smaller.

“You can never relax around Monaco and there are always a few late incidents but it’s great to finish on the podium.”

Rosenqvist too was happy with his result, especially as he lost his radio in the second half of the race.

“After my pit stop I lost my radio in the second stint and couldn’t talk to the team, so we had to communicate through the pit board, which worked quite well in the end. 

“Considering this, I’m quite happy finishing P6 and I’m really happy the team has scored a podium.

“It’s where we want to be and Nick showed today it’s where we should be and I’m not happy until I am on the podium.”  

Driver’s Championship Standings

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams104
2Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi89
3Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams48
4Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah40
5Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing34
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing32
7Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing28
8Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO27
9Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi26
10Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO15
11Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing13
12Maro EngelGERVenturi12
13Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti10
14Jose maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing10
15Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing10
16Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing9
17Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti8
18Esteban GutierrezMEXTecheetah5
19Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing4
20Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1

Team’s Championship Standings

1Renault e.damsFRA149
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER115
3Mahindra RacingIND60
5DS Virgin RacingGBR43
7FF Dragon RacingUSA19
8MS Amlin AndrettiUSA18
9Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR17