Is the Mahindra Racing team’s season in jeopardy after the Mexico City E-Prix? It has been almost a week since Round five of the Formula E Mexico City E-Prix where both Mahindra drivers retired. Both had unique but separate problems with their cars that prohibited them from finishing the race. It had to be devastating for Felix Rosenqvist considering he took Super Pole and started the race from the front.
Is Mahindra’s Season in Trouble after Mexico City?
What looked like a dream race for @FRosenqvist turned into despair as he was forced to retire. Here's what the Super Swede had to say after the #MexicoCityEPrix. #passioneering pic.twitter.com/p9nsOq0yU1
— Mahindra Racing (@MahindraRacing) March 7, 2018
Rosenqvist stopped while in a comfortable lead over Oliver Turvey on Lap 14, His car suffered two more battery related stoppages, before he jumped into his second car. He later retired on Lap 34. This recent DNF left the Swede twelve points behind championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne. Which isn’t a large lead, so Rosenqvist still has a chance at winning season four of the Formula E Drivers’ Championship.
— Mahindra Racing (@MahindraRacing) March 8, 2018
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra’s other driver had a water pump issue at the Mexico City E-Prix. The water pump failed and Heidfeld was forced to park his car on Lap 27. This issue happened a little after his pit stop. Rosenqvist had a similar issue with his water pump in Free Practice 1, so Mahindra had issues with water pumps in both cars over the course of the weekend. Mahindra have been using a new water pump manufacturer this season and seem to be going through some growing pains.
This was the German’s second DNF in a row and he sits tenth in the Formula E Drivers’ Championship with 21 points. Heidfeld doesn’t have a realistic chance of winning the Drivers’ Championship, but Mahindra are only nine points behind Constructors’ Championship leaders Techeetah. So, all eyes will be on the Mahindra drivers on March 17 in Punta del Este, Uruguay for round six of the Formula E season. Hopefully Mahindra can solve the battery problem with Rosenqvist’s car and pinpoint the issue with their new manufacturer’s water pumps.
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