LONG BEACH, USA. Mahindra achieved an incredible turnaround at the Long Beach ePrix, going from both cars in the bottom two in Free Practice one, to finishing P4 and P5 in their best ever Formula E result.
When asked how he felt, Heidfeld said, ‘A little bit of mixed feelings. The stronger feeling unfortunately is that I didn’t get the podium, maybe not even unfortunately because as a racing driver at least for myself I always want to improve and move forward.
‘I lost some positions in the first stint when I locked up the rear ,which I don’t fully understand. I changed my strategy to go one lap longer which worked out very nicely.
‘In the second stint I was catching up the guys in front of me and in the second car I could have had a good shot of overtaking Daniel [Abt], as I had more energy and needed less coasting but after the safety car everyone could go flat out to the end and I didn’t manage third place. Fourth-fifth for the team, which is the best result, which is great.’
Bruno Senna was very upbeat about the team’s performance.
‘I’m feeling happy. It’s really nice to see the team coming out with a strong result. Nick did a great job this weekend in qualifying and it was nice to finish right behind him in the race.
‘I think we have been learning a lot and trying new things in the car – a bit more adventurous than we would like potentially but we went from “P-last” to P4 and 5 so we are making progress and learning and I’m happy for everybody.’
Looking forward to Paris and Berlin, both drivers are looking forward to going back to Europe.
Heidfeld said, ‘We will have smaller breaks between races and it’s always nicer and easier to go to the next race and put the race behind you. We also have the feeling and the momentum that we are improving, but it’s only a feeling.
‘I’ve been in racing long enough to know that you can go to the next race and it is a disaster – but I hope it’s not going to be! As I said, we made some good improvements and for me personally, I very much enjoy going to new race circuits so I’m very much looking forward to Paris and Berlin.’
Senna said, ‘It’s going to be tough. New circuits present these conditions that nobody knows. The track is very different from anything else and you get some surprises so we’ve been kind of P5-15 and we hope we can nail the new tracks in terms of setup. But we know the car better and we know the situation better and we hope we can be strong.’
Formula E returns on 21st April for the Paris ePrix.