Felix Rosenqvist starred in the Marrakesh ePrix, as the young Swedish driver secured pole position and then crossed the finish line in third place.
The 25-year old, who started his second Formula E race in Marrakesh, lead the race for 27 of the 33 laps. Rosenqvist was caught towards the end by the charging Sebastien Buemi who won the race, but energy management issues saw Rosenqvist slip behind Sam Bird to finish third.
“Looking back at how the day went in Marrakesh, taking pole position was something really unexpected. We knew we had really good pace and the guys have been putting a good package together for qualifying especially. However, I’m still a bit shocked that we were able to get pole in just my second weekend in Formula E.
“Starting the race from pole, if you had told me before the race that I would finish third, I would have signed up for it immediately! There was great communication with Andres [Castillo – race engineer] on the radio; the team was there all the time supporting me, and I think we nailed the race as well as we could have done.
"The first stint was fantastic, and in the second stint, there was a combination of small things that meant we weren’t quite as competitive. That was maybe the sad part, but in the end, we have to be proud. Nick took a podium in Hong Kong, and we now have the pole, podium and fastest lap in our bag. Going back to street circuits next year I am feeling confident,” said Rosenqvist.
Team Principal Dilbagh Gill was delighted to see his team move in the right direction and is confident that they can maintain their strong start to the season in Buenos Aires for round three of the championship.
“It has been a great day for Mahindra Racing, and it’s very satisfying to be able to check off another first for the team. Felix’s pole lap was really impressive at only his second event and also really shows how much work we have put into the new M3Electro.
“For Nick Heidfeld, it was unlucky that he was caught up in the initial mêlée, but he still put in a strong drive to collect points for the team. This is the strongest start we have had in Formula E, and we can’t wait to go to Argentina,” said Gill.
The combined drivers’ results have elevated Mahindra Racing to joint second in the Team's’ Championship, but will the Indian team be able to sustain their high level of performance when the sport goes to Buenos Aires for round three of the championship.