Mahindra can repeat Formula E win in Santiago - d'Ambrosio
Mahindra Racing can score a second consecutive ABB FIA Formula E victory in Santiago this weekend, reckons the Indian team’s Marrakesh star Jerome d’Ambrosio.
D’Ambrosio came through from 10th on the grid to win the previous round of the series in Morocco, taking advantage of late-race clash between the leading BMW cars.
The Belgian driver believes yet another victory could be on the cards this weekend, given the race pace Mahindra showed in Marrakesh.
“I’m feeling very happy coming straight from my win in Marrakesh and, if things go well for us in Santiago, then we’ll be fighting for the top spot again.” he said.
“I’m going to try to repeat Marrakesh in Santiago although I’m not going to look at the championship right now,” he added.
“Together with the team I’m going to try get the best performance out of the car, put together a strong strategy with attack mode and keep on fighting at the front to score valuable points. “
Santiago first featured on the Formula E calendar last season, but the 2019 race will run on an entirely different street circuit in the city centre.
“Going to a new track is the same for everyone so I don’t think there’ll be too many issues,” d’Ambrosio said.
“Everyone will be learning it in the simulator in the short downtime between Marrakesh and Santiago.
“Racing on new street circuits is a frequent occurrence in Formula E so it’s something that you get used to.
“Last year the race was in an amazing location in the city, so I’m hoping it will be another great location this time around and I’m looking forward to being there.”
Pascal Wehrlein impressed on his Formula E debut to qualify seventh in Marrakesh, but was forced to retire on the opening lap after being hit by Audi driver Lucas di Grassi.
The former Formula 1 driver says he took encouragement from the pace he showed last time and is targeting a podium finish in only his second FE race.
“Last time out in Marrakesh I was happy with my pace and didn’t expect to get up to speed so quickly, so I think we have the potential for points in Santiago and if everything goes well, then we can be on the podium,” he said.
“It will be a different challenge to the last race; we’ll have to look after the brakes and the tyres will be harder to handle in the heat.
“The most important thing for me is to finish the race and have a good qualifying session.”
Mahindra currently sits a joint second in the teams’ standings, seven points behind DS Techeetah, with d’Ambrosio leading the drivers’ table.
Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Mahindra Racing, M5 Electro
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