It was two wins in a row for Sam
Bird of DS Virgin Racing on July 15 and 16, 2017 at the FIA Formula E Qualcomm
New York City ePrix. But for India’s Mahindra Racing, it was a very eventful
Sunday when it recorded a double podium in the second race of the inaugural New
York City ePrix weekend, the penultimate location of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E
Felix Rosenqvist led teammate
Nick Heidfeld to the line in a Mahindra Racing 2-3 finish in the second race.
With these wins, Mahindra Racing has strengthened its hold on best-ever third
place the Teams’ Championship.
Following on from the team’s
maiden win and double podium last month in June in Berlin, drivers Felix
Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld put their mark on the race early on. The duo,
driving the all-electric M3Electro racecar, both reached Formula E’s unique
Super Pole shootout session to start the race from 2nd and 5th place
Series young gun Rosenqvist took advantage of
a clean starting line to pass eventual race winner Sam Bird into the first
corner of the 49-lap feature. Heidfeld also made gains in the opening laps of
the race to follow his teammate into the podium positions.
The team was unable to hold the lead, as Bird
took back P1 shortly after lap 10 of the race. Mahindra Racing had to however
experience a disappointing first race on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal circuit,
which was run on Saturday.
The forgettable first race
resulted in an uncharacteristic 15th place finish for Rosenqvist following an
enthralling climb through the field from 17th on the grid to 5th, while
Heidfeld was forced to retire from 7th position with suspension damage.
The Formula E Championship has just two races
remaining, which would be held in Montreal.
For New York City’s premier event on the
all-electric series calendar, Mahindra Racing welcomed many guests and partners
at the Brooklyn race venue, including Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand
Mahindra and the Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, Dr Pawan Goenka.
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