Bullish in Berlin
The ninth round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday 19th May sees the Mahindra Racing team returning to the scene of its breakthrough win in 2017 when Felix Rosenqvist dominated the Berlin double-header, winning one race and finishing second in the other.
For Nick Heidfeld, the Berlin E-Prix represents a home race for the popular German who has a huge following in his homeland, built upon 186 Formula 1 race starts and four seasons of being a front runner in the pioneering all-electric racing series.
For Mahindra Racing, the team’s maiden win in 2017 was a landmark victory. Quite simply, it was the most prestigious win by an Indian team in the history of motor racing. But Mahindra Racing returns to the historic Tempelhof venue knowing that repeating that success will be a challenge as the level of competition and intensity of Formula E competition has increased significantly in the last 11 months.
The quest for further podiums, wins, pole positions and fastest laps continues in the remaining four races of the Season 4 championship.
“Berlin was our highlight of last year so it brings back good memories having two podiums and our first win there. It’s a cool place to race at and the track seems to suit our package pretty well. I’m very hungry to get on the podium and break the drought we’ve had since Marrakesh.”
“Even though Berlin is not a street circuit in the common sense; it is still a highlight of the year for me. It’s a home E-Prix for me and we were very competitive last year and hope to get things back on track in regards to targeting moving forward in both championships.”
“Tempelhof and Berlin will always bring back great memories for me. The last race in Paris was a reminder that we are only as good as our last race. Much work has gone in to understanding what went wrong in Paris and with that knowledge we have prepared diligently for the Berlin race. Nick gets to race in front of his home crowd and it would make me truly happy to see him on the podium again and Felix knows that a mistake free weekend will see him challenging for a win. So all to play for and an exciting weekend lies in store for us.”
POLE LAP ESTIMATE: 1:09.000 / RACE LAP ESTIMATE: 1:11.500 / AVERAGE SPEED: 130 KPH