Double podium for Mahindra Racing in New York City ePrix

17th Jul 2017 11:40 am

Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist bagged a 2-3 finish for Mahindra Racing; DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird finished on top.

Mahindra Racing celebrated an impressive 2-3 podium finish in Race 2 of the inaugural New York City ePrix weekend. 
 
Carrying the momentum from the team’s maiden win and double podium last month in Berlin, drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld started strong. The duo, driving the all-electric M3Electro racecar, stood second and fifth on the starting grid.
 
Swedish driver Rosenqvist took advantage of a clean starting line to pass eventual winner Sam Bird into the first corner of the 49-lap race. Heidfeld also made gains in the opening laps of the race to follow his teammate into the podium positions. However, they were unable to hold the lead, as Bird took back P1 shortly after lap 10.
 
The 2-3 podium finish was a vast step-up from the disappointing performance in Saturday's Race 1 on the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal circuit. It saw Rosenqvist finish 15th after his spectacular climb through the field from 17th on the grid to fifth, while Heidfeld had to retire due to a damaged suspension.

With the double podium, Mahindra Racing has strengthened its hold on third position in the Teams’ Championship. For its next and final two-race weekend, the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship will head to the Montreal Street Circuit in Canada. 

Race 2 Results – 49 LAPS:

POS       DRIVER                 TEAM               CAR                   GAP
1             Sam Bird                Virgin                DS-Virgin           58m09.388s
2             Felix Rosenqvist     Mahindra          Mahindra           11.381s
3             Nick Heidfeld          Mahindra          Mahindra           12.319s
4             Pierre Gasly            e.dams             Renault             12.355s
5             Lucas di Grassi       ABT                  ABT Schaeffler  23.451s
6             Nicolas Prost           e.dams             Renault             30.470s
7             Tom Dillmann          Venturi              Venturi              41.862s
8             Jean-Eric Vergne    Techeetah         Renault             52.292s
9             Robin Frijns             Andretti             Andretti             1m00.475s
10           Jerome d'Ambrosio  Dragon             Penske             1m12.659s
11            Adam Carroll           Jaguar              Jaguar              1m41.134s
12           Stephane Sarrazin  Techeetah          Renault            1 Lap
13            Loic Duval               Dragon              Penske             1 Lap
14            Oliver Turvey          NextEV              NEXTEV TCR  1 Lap
15            Antonio Felix           Andretti              Andretti            1 Lap
16            Nelson Piquet Jr.     NextEV             NEXTEV TCR  3 Laps
-               Maro Engel             Venturi               Venturi              Retirement
-               Alex Lynn                Virgin                 DS-Virgin          Retirement
-               Daniel                      ABT                   ABT Schaeffler Retirement
-               Mitch Evans            Jaguar               Jaguar               Retirement

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