Even while Sebastien Buemi
gave Renault e.dams its most important win of the year by producing a dominant
display in front of its home crowd in the Qatar Airways Paris ePrix - round six
of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship on May 20, 2017, it was a perfect
Parisian podium for Mahindra Racing as it celebrated best ever points finish
with third and fourth position.
Nick Heidfeld who had taken a
podium in the previous race in Monaco, took a second podium in a row in Formula
E back-to-back races followed by teammate Felix Rosenqvist. With this win, Mahindra Racing has started to
close the gap on second place in the Teams’ Championship with fourth podium of
Earlier in the race, Buemi
defended stoutly into the first corner from the charging Jean-Eric Vergne. He
then established a small but comfortable lead, as the two leaders eased away
from the chasing pack. But then Vergne was not lucky as a broken steering sent
him crashing out of the race. The Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed, which
bunched up the field and gave DS Virgin Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez a shot at
fighting for the win.
But Buemi had things under control and when
the BMW i8 came out again - this time after Lucas di Grassi pitched his ABT
Schaeffler Audi Sport car into the barrier - for the second year running the
Paris ePrix ended under caution.
During the course of the event over 46,000
patriotic fans packed into the Les Invalides circuit, soaking up the amazing
atmosphere in the Allianz eVillage where a succession of live bands played
alongside interactive displays in different fan zones entertaining people of
The fun spilled over onto the track too, with
a series of spectacular on-track displays, which included Formula E Founder and
CEO Alejandro Agag behind the wheel of the 1899 seminal electric land speed
record breaker La Jamais Contente - the first ever car to break 100kph and the
spiritual grandfather of Formula E.
Meanwhile, another sensational
start from Nick Heidfeld moved the Mahindra driver past Esteban Gutierrez and
into fourth place, which became third after Vergne’s retirement. With Felix
Rosenqvist driving a strong race to take fourth place, it was the best points
haul in the Mahindra’s history.
There are now just six races
remaining in the FIA Formula E Championship, all being run as “double-headers”
on three separate weekends. The regular one-day format, which includes two
practice sessions, qualifying and the race, will be repeated the following day with
a full points spread on offer each day. The next race is slotted for June 10
and 11, 2017 in Berlin and it would be Heidfeld’s home race.
Jose Maria Lopez
DS Virgin Racing
Andretti Formula E
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Venturi Formula E
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Faraday Future Dragon Racing
Lucas Di Grassi
Antonio Felix Da Costa
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