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Mahindra Racing
Mahindra logo
Team Information
Based Flag of India Mumbai, India
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Founder Unknown
Key People Anand Mahindra; Dilbagh Gill; S. P. Shukla
Driver(s) Felix Rosenqvist (No.19)
Nick Heidfeld (No.23)
Car Mahindra M4Electro
Sponsor(s) Unknown
Website Mahindra Racing
Team Stats
Last Season 5th
Entries 45
Wins 3
First Win 2017 Berlin ePrix I
Points 516
Poles 6
Podiums 15
Fastest Laps 5
Titles Unknown
Current Season
Entrant Mahindra Racing
Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
Nick Heidfeld Felix Rosenqvist
11th (42 Pt(s)) 6th (96 Pt(s))
Team Standings
4th (138 Pt(s))

Mahindra Racing are an Indian based team, who competed in the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld as their drivers.[1] The official team of car manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra, Mahindra Racing are a founding member of the Formula E Championship, and race cars built by the Indian car manufacturer.

Mahindra are among the more successful FE teams in its short history, with several wins to their name courtesy of the efforts of Rosenqvist.[2] Indeed, Rosenqvist would start the fourth FE season as a title contender, only for both himself and Mahindra to fade during the season.

BackgroundEdit

Mahindra Racing were formed in 2011, intending to compete in the FIM Moto GP championship as a manufacturer.[1] A part of the Mahindra Reva Company, Mahindra Racing have experience with electric cars, and intend to use the Formula E championship as a development programme for their own projects.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Mahindra Racing began the construction on their own car during the inaugural 2014/15 season, intending to run their own powertrain during the following 2015/16 campaign.[1] However, the team used the Spark-Renault SRT_01E as their car for the season as per the regulations, with Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna as their drivers.[1] After promising results for both in the early stages of the season, the Team's hopes of a strong season were set, with the 2015 Long Beach ePrix seeing them sit in sixth, and form seemingly on their side, despite Chandhok and Senna not scoring in the same weekend to that point.[3]

But it was not to be, however, as luck and pace deserted both Senna and Chandhok over the following races, with no points scored in the following four races. Their luck finally returned in the season ending 2015 London ePrix II, with Senna taking fourth in the race, and proving instrumental in Nelson Piquet Jr.'s title charge.[4] Mahindra ended the series' début season in eighth, but safe in the knowledge that luck had not been on their side throughout.

Manufacturing MarqueEdit

Parent company Mahindra & Mahindra obtained manufacturer status for the 2015/16 edition of the Championship during the first season, and immediately persuaded McLaren to develop a powertrain for them.[5] The evolved version of the powertrain from 2014/15 was bolted into the minor modifications that Mahindra were allowed to make to the Spark-Renault SRT_01E and christened the M2ELECTRO.[6] The team also managed to secure the services of Nick Heidfeld for the season, with Chandhok leaving the team, while Senna would be retained.[7]

After running a successful programme at the 2015 Donington Test, Heidfeld produced an excellent performance at the season opening race in Beijing to finish in third, despite a poor pitstop which ultimately cost the German second.[8] Putrajaya saw both Senna and Heidfeld score, before a dismal weekend in Punta del Este saw Oliver Rowland replace an injured Heidfeld, although both Rowland and Senna failed to score.[9] The following rounds went better for the team with double points scores in every race until the end of the season, the team's strongest display coming at the 2016 Long Beach ePrix with a fourth-fifth finish.[10]

The season finale in London saw the team take another podium, this time courtesy of Senna's efforts in the 2016 London ePrix I.[11] Having produced the team's best result in qualifying, Senna was able to breakaway from the pack with race leader Nicolas Prost at the start to cruise to the podium, with Heidfeld down in eighth.[11] The pair went on to score a sixth-seventh finish in the season finale, with their two drivers ending the season a point apart in the overall standings.

Swedish SupportEdit

Senna left the team at the end of the 2015/16 season, allowing Mahindra to bring in youngster Felix Rosenqvist to partner Heidfeld for the 2016/17 season.[12] The pair debuted the Mahindra M3 Electro at the 2016 Donington Test, with the car proving to be a mid-pack runner once again.

The Fourth WallEdit

Both Heidfeld and Rosenqvist would be retained by the factory Mahindra squad for 2017/18, with both taking part in the 2017 Valencia Test, although Heidfeld's car would be loaned to Daniel Juncadella for one of the three days.[13] Yet, Heidfeld would go on to enjoy a successful start to the season, claiming third in the first race in Hong Kong E-Prix, before Rosenqvist claimed victory in the second race.[14] Indeed, Rosenqvist's victory, which came after the disqualification of Daniel Abt, would see Mahindra top the Championship at the end of the opening round, with the Swede also claiming pole and fastest lap.[14]

Mahindra's good form carried over into Marrakech, with Rosenqvist again claiming victory, and the Championship lead, while Heidfeld scored solid points.[15] The team then handed Juncadella another drive in their cars, partnering him with Sam Dejonghe for the 2018 Rookie Test, with Dejonghe also signed to be the team's development driver.[16] Rosenqvist and Heidfeld then returned to take part in the 2018 Santiago E-Prix, although both Rosenqvist and Mahindra would lose their leads in their respective Championships as the Swede finished fourth, while Heidfeld retired.[17]

It was from the Santiago E-Prix onwards that Mahindra's campaign began to unravel, with Heidfeld going on to retire in the following two races, while being further plagued by mechanical issues throughout. Rosenqvist would also suffer, with the Swede claiming pole at both the Mexico City and Rome E-Prix, only to retire with battery and suspension failures respectively.[18] Rosenqvist then picked up a handful of points in Paris as Heidfeld struggled for pace, before the pair fought for the final point in Berlin as their title hopes came to a premature end.[19] Indeed, it would take until the final race in New York City for the team to achieve a double score again, by which stage Mahindra had slipped to fourth in the Teams' Championship.[20]

Favour of Fortune?Edit

Heidfeld would leave the Mahindra squad ahead of the 2018/19 season, while Rosenqvist was actively evaluating an offer to join the Verizon Indy Car Series for 2019, meaning Mahindra would have to replace one if not both of their drivers for the fifth FE season.[21]

Formula E RecordEdit

The tables below show Mahindra Racing's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The table below gives an overview of Mahindra Racing's entries in Formula E:

Mahindra Racing's overall Formula E Record
Season Official name No. Drivers DC Pos. DC Pts. Car TC Pos. TC Pts.
2014/15 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 5 Flag of India Karun Chandhok 17th 18 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 8th 58
21 Brazil Bruno Senna 10th 40
2015/16 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 21 Brazil Bruno Senna 11th 52 Mahindra M2Electro 5th 105
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10th 53
2016/17 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 3rd 127 Mahindra M3Electro 3rd 215
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7th 88
2017/18 Flag of India Mahindra Racing 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 6th 96 Mahindra M4Electro 4th 138
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld 11th 42

Career ResultsEdit

Listed below are the full career results of Mahindra Racing:

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 8th 58
Chandhok 5th 6th 13th Ret 14th 12th 13th 18th 12th 12th 13th
Senna Ret 14th 6th 5th Ret 5th Ret 17th 16th 16th 4th
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 5th 105
Senna 13th 5th Ret 10th 10th 5th 9th 15th CAN 2nd 6th
Heidfeld 3rd 9th INJ 7th 8th 4th 12th 7th CAN 8th 7th
Rowland 13th CAN
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 3rd 215
Heidfeld 3rd 9th 15th 12th 3rd 3rd 3rd 10th Ret 3rd Ret 5th
Rosenqvist 15th 3rd 18th 16th 6th 4th 1st 2nd 15th 2nd 9th 2nd
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 4th 138
Heidfeld 3rd 16th 7th Ret Ret Ret 16th 11th 10th 6th 6th 8th
Rosenqvist 14th 1st 1st 4th Ret 5th Ret 8th 11th 15th 14th 5th

ReferencesEdit

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  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MRA16
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