Mahindra's d'Ambrosio: Podium in Marrakesh "definitely achievable"
Jerome d’Ambrosio is confident that Mahindra Racing can score a second consecutive Formula E podium finish in this Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix.
Mahindra’s new signing d’Ambrosio started the new season with a third place finish in Riyadh last month, just behind BMW Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
And with Mahindra having won last year’s Marrakesh race, albeit with the previous generation FE car, d’Ambrosio feels another top-three finish is “definitely” on the cards.
“We showed great pace in the opening race and I think a second podium is definitely achievable,” he said.
“Our aim is to keep improving race-on-race and I think we will be stronger in Marrakesh than we were in Riyadh.
“It’s a challenging street circuit and, while it hasn’t been the best track for me over the past two years, I’m going to make sure that I change that and I’m looking forward to having a good race this weekend.
“I’m confident that we can maintain the team’s past strong Morocco performance.”
Mahindra Racing team principal Dilbagh Gill also remains bullish about the Indian manufacturer’s chances in Morocco citing its previous track record in the African country.
“We’re looking forward to returning to Morocco for the second round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” Gill said.
“It’s a track where Mahindra Racing has consistently performed well at, with two consecutive podium finishes, including a win, and super pole.
“Naturally, coming from a podium finish at the opening race, we have high expectations for race day and with Pascal making his race team debut, we have a very exciting race weekend ahead.”
Wehrlein’s Formula E debut
Marrakesh will mark the Formula E debut of former Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein, who was forced to miss the Ad Diriyah E-Prix due to contractual obligations with his former backer Mercedes.
Wehrlein has already tested Mahindra’s Formula E car and logged further time in the team’s simulator, but the German believes it’s impossible to tell where he stands until actually taking part in a race.
“Expectations are a bit difficult to say as it’s my first race and races are always different to testing or simulator sessions, so it’s not easy to say what my expectations are,” he said.
“Obviously, I want to be as good as possible and Jerome showed the car has good pace and is capable of scoring good results.
“The goal for me is to get the maximum performance out of the car as soon as possible.
“I’ll give it my best and let’s see what we can do. I’m feeling really positive and I’ve tried everything I can to be prepared for my first race!”
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