Mahindra admits central problem behind Formula E slump
Mahindra Racing has admitted that a central problem is behind its recent slump in performance in the ABB FIA Formula E championship.
The Indian manufacturer claimed victory in the second round of the season in Marrakesh and also came close to winning the next two races in Santiago and Mexico City, taking the championship lead in the process.
However, this was followed by a significant downturn in performance in Hong Kong, where both drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio qualified at the back of the grid in wet conditions.
Although the team bounced back from that “horrible” result with a double points finish in Sanya, it still lagged considerably behind the top runners and could only finish sixth and seventh.
Asked to sum up Mahindra’s performance in China, team principal Dilbagh Gill told Motorsport.com: “It was pretty average, nothing special from our side. Our race pace was very poor today.”
The initial conclusion after Mahindra’s Hong Kong slump was that the M5Electro was simply not quick enough in wet conditions. However, the team’s relative lack of pace in a dry Sanya E-Prix raised suspicious that there was a more underlying issue.
When asked by Motorsport.com to pinpoint a particular area the team was struggling with, Gill said: “I think the large part of a problem was shown in Hong Kong, we’ve improved quite a lot from there considering what we had.”
Pressed further to explain if the team is being held back by an overall issue, Gill added: “Weather showed it a bit worse than what it was but otherwise yeah.”
Despite not scoring podiums in the last two races, Mahindra jointly leads the teams’ standings, tied on 97 points with DS Techeetah.
D’Ambrosio sits second in the drivers’ table, just a point behind championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa.
Additional reporting by Alex Kalinauckas
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