Nick Heidfeld has said his Mahindra Racing team are now targeting wins after they achieved the best ever result in the Paris ePrix.
Having scored 23 points in Monaco the team bettered it in Paris with a third place finish for Heidfeld and his team-mate Felix Rosenqvist just behind him.
It was the team’s fourth podium of the year, and is a remarkable turnaround for a team that failed to secure a single trophy in the debut year of the championship.
Heidfeld was particularly pleased with the pace of his Mahindra, as he seemed to be more evenly matched with the frontrunners than in previous races.
The German said, “It was another exciting race and the good thing is that we were a lot more competitive than we were in Monaco.
“It was nice to see that I had similar pace to the leaders and had a lot more energy available. I was a bit unlucky with some of the traffic and lost some time, but that’s racing.”
And he said that although this result will be hard to beat, the team will now be pushing hard to achieve wins, something he describes as their ‘final target’.
“To top it now starts to get difficult! P3 and P4 is already quite nice, but we all push flat out,” Heidfeld said.
“I like to help motivate the team where I can because we’ve made big jumps ahead and improvements. We cannot stop working hard until we reach our final target – to win!”
The result means Mahindra are now comfortably in third place in the team’s championship, which is where Team Principal Dilbagh Gill said that he was aiming for his team to be.
“At the halfway mark of the championship, I think we are back where we needed to be!
“It’s satisfying to be solidly in third position in the teams’ standings because that has been the aim for us from the beginning of the season.”
|1||Sebastien Buemi||SUI||Renault e.dams||132|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||BRA||Abt Schaeffler Audi||89|
|3||Nico Prost||FRA||Renault e.dams||58|
|4||Nick Heidfeld||GER||Mahindra Racing||47|
|6||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mahindra Racing||40|
|7||Sam Bird||GBR||DS Virgin Racing||35|
|8||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRA||NextEV TIO||33|
|9||Jose Maria Lopez||ARG||DS Virgin Racing||28|
|10||Daniel Abt||GER||Abt Schaeffler Audi||26|
|11||Robin Frijns||NED||MS Amlin Andretti||16|
|12||Mitch Evans||NZL||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||15|
|13||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NextEV TIO||15|
|15||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||MS Amlin Andretti||10|
|16||Jerome d'Ambrosio||BEL||FF Dragon Racing||10|
|17||Loic Duval||FRA||FF Dragon Racing||9|
|19||Adam Carroll||GBR||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||4|
|2||Abt Schaeffler Audi||GER||115|
|4||DS Virgin Racing||GBR||63|
|7||MS Amlin Andretti||USA||26|
|8||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||GBR||19|
|9||FF Dragon Racing||USA||19|