- Felix Rosenqvist retires from lead on lap 22 after left rear wheel damage
- Nick Heidfeld involved in a four-car collision, finishes 16th
APRIL 14th 2018, ROME – The ABB FIA Formula E Championship took to the streets of the magnificent city of Rome for the first time.
A set of meticulous practice sessions were followed by Felix putting in an absolutely unassailable lap to take super pole, while Nick put himself in 10th position on the starting grid.
After a clean start and getaway from pole position, Felix spent a few laps holding off the rampaging Virgin of Sam Bird behind him. Settling into his rhythm Felix comfortably started to open the gap to Bird and thus consolidate his lead. With everything going according to plan, a very quick pit-stop from Felix and his team of mechanics kept him in the lead after all the pit stops were done up and down the order. Back into his rhythm and looking comfy once again, Felix was increasing the gap to Sam Bird behind him. However, unexpectedly on lap 22, in what was an otherwise regular lap, he hit a kerb and suffered rear wheel damage and was forced to retire from the race.
Starting from 10th position, Nick kept his nose clean and incident free so as to be able to push hard in the second stint. While maintaining position and on a quick in-lap (lap16) he was shunted into the wall at the apex of the hairpin by another car with two more cars becoming a part of the pile up. This pushed Nick down into 17th position. After a routine pit-stop followed by an event free second stint, he brought his car home in 16th position.
The championship now goes to Paris, France for the 8th round, on the 28th of April, 2018. With reliability issues sorted, the team is keen to stay strong, solid, optimistic, and shake off this sudden bout of bad luck.
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal and CEO
“Really disappointed to lose another race from the lead. We will be working hard to improving the reliability of the M4Electro which is undoubtedly fast. We will be back in Paris for a strong race finish.”
“Another very tough one to take for everyone. I feel bad for the boys. I’m super impressed by the team because it’s been a hectic weekend and everyone delivered in every session. Something that we couldn’t predict happened; we had a breakage with no connection to any specific incident. I always have a smile on my face when I know I’ve given all I can and that the team was flawless. Crazy pace today and we led every lap until we broke down. There are still a lot of positives to take from today.”
“After the start into turn one, there was the usual expected chaos with such a tight corner but the car is strong and I managed to keep going. On my in lap while attempting to pass Turvey at the hairpin (who was very low on energy), there was another car that went into him, in turn sending him into me, and this effectively ended my race.”
- Mahindra Racing – 3rd in Teams’ Championship with 103 points
- Felix Rosenqvist – 3rd in Drivers’ Championship with 82 points
- Nick Heidfeld – 12th in Drivers’ Championship with 21 points
- 2 wins
- 3 podiums
- 1 VISA Fastest Lap Award
- 3 Julius Bär Pole Position
- 5 Super Pole appearances