Mahindra Racing has announced that Bruno Senna finished second in the London ePrix, the first of two season finale races taking place in Battersea Park, London. The company also said that its other driver, Nick Heidfeld finished in eight, but was demoted to the 13th position following a time penalty after the race.
The London ePrix became the first Formula E race to take place partially in the wet, with many drivers struggling with grip on the wet and bumpy park surface. Starting in second position, Senna built a substantial lead to the car behind to defend his potential podium finish. In the final laps, an incident on track caused the safety car to be deployed, reducing the gap he had built up. Senna said he was lucky to complete his qualifying lap before the rain began, and credited this result to each part of the team.
Usually considered the most favourable qualifying group, the fourth and final qualifying group included Nick Heidfeld. With heavy rainfall before the start of the session, Heidfeld took to a damp track, navigating the slippery circuit and timing his 200kW qualifying run for the moment the track would be at its driest and achieving a starting position of P8 for the London ePrix.
Heidfeld was imposed a time penalty after the race for a perceived excess use of power when triggering the FanBoost function in his car due to a software issue. He said it is a shame to lose positions and points due to the penalty but the decision must be accepted, and the team should aim to end the season with a strong result.
This is a great result for the team, noted Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team. He said that though Mahindra’s race programme is still young, these results are a statement of intent of the level of performance that can be expected in the future. With one race remaining this season, Mahindra Racing retains fifth in the FIA Formula E Championship but has closed the gap to the team in front, added Gill.