London ePrix: Can Mahindra and Venturi cause some upsets?

Can these two teams be the dark horses of the London ePrix?

Mahindra Racing

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Image courtesy of Mahindra Racing

Mahindra could be the team to look out for at the London ePrix.

Both cars made it through to the Super Pole shootout in Berlin, though were later disqualified for tyre infringements. The team have taken two fastest lap awards this season and are in prime position to cause trouble for teams needing every crucial point to secure their place in the Championship.

Bruno Senna

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Bruno Senna at the Paris ePrix Credit: Spacesuit Media

Senna was frustrated after the Berlin ePrix. He picked up damage early on in the race and had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a new front wing.

On the other hand, Battersea Park marked Senna’s best ever result in Formula E. The Mahindras have proven themselves to be quick in the latter half of this season, so expect Senna to go well as he tries to put the misery of Berlin behind them.

Nick Heidfeld

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Nick Heidfeld at the 2016 Paris ePrix. Credit: Spacesuit Media

Heidfeld recovered well in Berlin from his disqualification in qualifying. He battled through the field from 15th to finish in 7th at his home ePrix.

Heidfeld has scored points in every race he’s started this season – he sat out Punta del Este due to a wrist injury and though he finished the Paris ePrix in 12th, he was awarded points for the fastest lap. Statistically speaking, he’s a good bet for a top ten finish.

Venturi

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Only nine points separate Mahindra and Venturi in the Championship standings. The team got off to a rocky start with their original lineup featuring F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. After a few lacklustre performances, Villeneuve and Venturi parted ways, allowing Brit Mike Conway to step in.

Stephane Sarrazin

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2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. Friday Shakedown. Long Beach ePrix, Long Beach, California, United States of America. Friday 3 April 2015 Photo: Al Staley/LAT/Formula E ref: 

Sarrazin has also scored points in every race he’s started this season. He seemed to be stuck in a pattern of 4th and 9th place finishes until the fourth round in Long Beach. He’s currently 5th in the Championship, but expect him, the Dragon drivers, Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld to trade places over the course of the weekend.

Sarrazin took pole position and won the final round of Battersea Park last year but was disqualified for exceeding the maximum energy usage in the race.

Mike Conway

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Qualifying Session. Berlin e-Prix, Alexanderplatz, Germany, Europe. Saturday 21 May 2016 Photo: Adam Warner / LAT / FE 

Conway joined Venturi after high-profile signing Jacques Villeneuve up and left the team after only two races. He scored his first points at Long Beach and again in Berlin. He needs to double his points haul to catch fellow Brit Oliver Turvey in the Championship, however he does have one more point than reigning Champion Nelson Piquet Jr.

More London ePrix previews

Title Challengers: Buemi vs Di Grassi; Renault e.Dams vs ABT
Fight for the Wooden Spoon and Musical Chairs: Team Aguri, Andretti and NEXTEV
The battle for third: Bird and D’Ambrosio; DS Virgin vs Dragon

The London ePrix take place on the 2nd and 3rd July 2016

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