FE: Mahindra on the podium after maiden pole position

FE: Mahindra on the podium after maiden pole position

13th Nov 2016 11:56 am

Swede Felix Rosenqvist, in just his second Formula E race, finished third after leading the race from pole for an impressive 27 laps.

Mahindra Racing collected a second consecutive podium after having scored its first ever pole position for the inaugural Marrakesh ePrix, the round two of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship.
 
Swede Felix Rosenqvist, in just his second Formula E race, finished third during the series’ visit to Africa after leading the race from pole for an impressive 27 laps. The 2.971km semi-permanent street circuit, the longest in Formula E history, put pressure on energy management for the entire field.
 
Rosenqvist’s pole lap was the first ever (in Formula E) for Mahindra Racing and further underlines the team’s all new season three powertrain development for the M3Electro. The 25-year-old lies fourth in the Drivers’ Championship on 19 points.
 
In the number 23 cars, the team’s German driver Nick Heidfeld, who claimed a podium in the season opener in Hong Kong, qualified in 11th position. Some early jostling from the race start hampered his advancement through the field but he ultimately recovered to ninth place.
 
The combined drivers’ results have elevated Mahindra Racing to joint second in the Teams’ Championship. One of the final ‘firsts’ for the team, a race win, will have to wait until 2017 when the FIA Formula E Championship continues with the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18.

RESULTS - 33 LAPS:

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 47m40.840s
2 Sam Bird Virgin DS-Virgin 2.457s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Mahindra 7.195s
4 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 11.586s
5 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 13.771s
6 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 18.233s
7 Oliver Turvey NextEV NEXTEV TCR 21.710s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault 28.011s
9 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Mahindra 33.699s
10 Jose Maria Lopez Virgin DS-Virgin 33.863s
11 Robin Frijns Andretti Andretti 37.092s
12 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 40.683s
13 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Penske 42.034s
14 Adam Carroll Jaguar Jaguar 49.026s
15 Ma Qing Hua Techeetah Renault 50.433s
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NEXTEV TCR 1m15.452s
17 Mitch Evans Jaguar Jaguar 1 Lap
18 Loic Duval Dragon Penske 3 Laps
- Maro Engel Venturi Venturi Retirement
- Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Andretti Retirement

 


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