Wehrlein will take "same risks" for Hong Kong win bid

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Mar 9, 2019, 4:38 AM

Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein says he will continue to take the “same risks” as he chases his maiden victory in the ABB FIA Formula E championship.

Wehrlein led the Mexico E-Prix from pole position, only to be denied the win when he ran out of energy 50 metres from the finish. He was later handed a five-second penalty for cutting a chicane earlier on the final lap, dropping him to sixth in the race classifications.

But the Mahindra driver is unwilling to change his approach towards racing, saying he is unwilling to settle for anything other than a victory.

“I approach it the same as every other weekend,” Wehrlein said. “I’m not happy with second or third.

“I want to be as quick as possible and achieve the maximum, so I will take the same risks and aim for the best result.

“But if I look at championship to be fifth now is a good start. I had two good weekends but there was a lot more potential.

“I was watching the race last week and the championship standings came up and I would have been leading the championship if I had won after just two race finishes.

“Marrakesh could have been a potential podium and I missed the first race, so to be up there after four races is good. But it’s not good enough.”

Wehrlein’s teammate Jerome d’Ambrosio, who leads the drivers’ standings, said he ought to start higher up the grid after two difficult qualifying sessions in Santiago and Mexico City.

D’Ambrosio made an error of his own in Chile, while he was impeded by a rival driver on his flying lap in Mexico.

“The main thing is to focus on getting qualifying right,” d’Ambrosio said. “We’ve had some great races so far this season and head to Hong Kong leading both championships, but we could make it easier for ourselves by starting further up the grid.

“Obviously, there are some things we can change to make it easier for ourselves; qualifying in Group 1 has had some disadvantages”

The Hong Kong E-Prix takes place on Sunday, with the race getting underway at 1:30pm IST. Mahindra heads to the fifth round of the season as the championship-leading team, 10 points clear of DS Virgin.

 
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Series Formula E
Event Hong Kong E-prix
Drivers Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Mahindra Racing
Author Rachit Thukral
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