New Cars and Bikes in India

Formula E Race 2017: Mahindra Racing Secures Double Podium Finish In New York

But both drivers could not fend off DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird, who showed strong pace and a perfect strategy to beat both the Mahindras

Formula E Race 2017: Mahindra Racing Secures Double Podium Finish In New York expand View Photos

Highlights

  • Mahindra drivers finish in 2nd and 3rd place in Race 2
  • Rosenqvist is now in third place in the driver's standings
  • The next race wil be held in Montreal

Mahindra Racing celebrated a double podium today in the second race of the inaugural New York City ePrix. The team secured its maiden win and double podium last month in Berlin, and now the win at New York gives Mahindra Racing something more to cheer about. Drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld, 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 respectively and both drivers ended up on the podium in second and third place

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. Sadly, the team was unable to hold the lead, as Bird took back P1 shortly after lap 10 of the race. However, the impressive 2-3 podium represented a dramatic change in fortunes for the team after a disappointing first race on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal circuit, which was run on Saturday.

The first race saw Rosenqvist climb from 17th to 5th place, but he lost ground and finished 15th on the grid. Heidfeld was forced to retire from 7th position with suspension damage.

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal said, "I am delighted to secure our second double podium result of the season in this inaugural New York City ePrix weekend. We cannot hide from the disappointment of the opening race on Saturday, but it made us even hungrier to get a fitting result in Sunday's extended race. This has been an important weekend for Mahindra Racing, so to end it with second and third place is really positive. We have shown that we can bounce back from a difficult race, and our aim now is to finish the championship on a high."

But both drivers could not beat DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird, who showed strong pace and a perfect strategy to beat both the Mahindras. Bird started from pole but lost the lead to Rosenqvist on the run to Turn 1 but stayed glued to Rosenqvist's tail. Finally on Lap 10, he managed to get back into the lead and well, there was no looking back after that.

Newsbeep
0 Comments

The podium finish put Rosenqvist in 3rd place in the overall standings with 104 points, still 53 points short of the leader, Sébastien Buemi. In just two weeks Mahindra Racing will be back in North America for the final two rounds of the 2016-2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Heidfeld and Rosenqvist will have another chance to swipe some of the last remaining points on offer with a double-header in the centre of Montreal, Canada.

For the latest auto news and reviews, follow carandbike.com on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You might be interested in

New Car Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Sedan, 19 Kmpl
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
Price Starts
₹ 39.3 - 41.4 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 81,580 9% / 5 yrs

Land Rover Defender

SUV, 14 Kmpl
Land Rover Defender
Price Starts
₹ 73.98 - 90.46 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 1,53,570 9% / 5 yrs

Mercedes-Benz EQC

SUV, 471 Km/Full Charge
Mercedes-Benz EQC
Price Starts
₹ 1 Crore
EMI Starts
₹ 2,06,130 9% / 5 yrs

MG Gloster

SUV, 12.35 Kmpl
MG Gloster
Price Starts
₹ 28.98 - 35.38 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 60,158 9% / 5 yrs

New Mahindra Thar 2020

SUV, 13 - 15.2 Kmpl
New Mahindra Thar 2020
Price Starts
₹ 9.8 - 13.75 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 20,343 9% / 5 yrs

Toyota Urban Cruiser

SUV, 17.03 - 18.76 Kmpl
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Price Starts
₹ 8.4 - 11.3 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 17,437 9% / 5 yrs

Kia Sonet

SUV, 18.2 - 24.1 Kmpl
Kia Sonet
Price Starts
₹ 6.71 - 11.99 Lakh
EMI Starts
₹ 13,929 9% / 5 yrs

Audi RS Q8

SUV, 8.2 Kmpl
Audi RS Q8
Price Starts
₹ 2.07 Crore
EMI Starts
₹ 4,29,698 9% / 5 yrs