The Mahindra Racing team had a good weekend at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia last weekend, although the points did not accurately reflect the progress they made.
Alex Lynn scored seventeen points over the weekend. It moved him up to fifteenth in the ABB FIA Formula E World driver’s championship, ahead of Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E). The British driver scored his first Formula E podium with his third-place finish on Sunday, after he fought his way through the field due to an earlier collision with Frenchman Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing).
“The team and myself have worked really hard and finally got one on the board!” said Lynn after the race. “We can say we could have, should have won it today but, unfortunately, we got taken out of a nice position and that’s the way it goes sometimes – I could see it was getting a little bit racy and people were getting anxious and that ended by us being pushed into the gravel because someone else made a mistake.
“It was like a high-speed game of chess really! For now, I really want to enjoy the podium and I must say a big congratulations to Jake [Dennis] – he made today’s race work and that’s big kudos to him. I’ve been close to a podium so many times so today feels super sweet. Big thanks to the whole Mahindra Racing team!”
Mahindra had some one-lap qualifying pace issues ahead of the weekend, with both Alex Lynn and Alexander Sims talking about needing to improve that. Lynn qualified in Super Pole twice in Valencia and his teammate Alexander Sims qualified twelfth in Round five and eleventh in Round six, giving the whole Mahindra team a good chance at points.
It did not quite come together for Sims last weekend, with a disqualification on Saturday due to lack of energy at the end of the race and a drive-through penalty on Sunday for a technical infraction. He finished the race in twenty-third position.
Sims praised his team for the work they did during the weekend and said that everything was moving in the right direction.
“With the drive through penalty today, I lost time in a very inefficient way; there was no chance to catch up, we were just waiting for a safety car – that was the only card we had,” said Sims. “What we did do was work on the car to improve balance and systems.
“So far this season the car has been really solid; the whole team is doing a good job and everything is moving in the right direction.”
Dilbagh Gill, Mahindra Team Principal, was quite satisfied with the car’s performance: “We’re showing great strengths in variable conditions; we have been fast in wet and dry races, so it looks like we can handle whatever Season 7 has to throw at us. Bring on Monaco.”
The Monaco E-Prix will take place on 8 May 2021, with Formula E’s first appearance on the full Circuit de Monaco track.