Frustrating day for Mahindra in Buenos Aires as the team come undone in the pitstops

Rosenqvist’s strategic drive in the Buenos Aires ePrix was ruined as his car failed to start but the Swede managed to salvage a point for fastest lap of the race

Nick Heidfeld at the Buenos Aires ePrix Credit: Spacesuit Media/Mahindra FE

The Swede rookie, who took pole last time out in Marrakesh, was running well in the early stages of the race and with some impressive energy management was able to run a lap longer than the rest of the field.

Strategically, this would have allowed him to push harder than those around him in the second half of the race and the team were aiming to finish in the top five.

However an issue with the battery management system meant that Rosenqvist spent an extra minute in the pits, and put him a lap behind the rest of the field. He broke the lap record with his attempt at fastest lap, a feat that will never be bettered due to the area’s redevelopment, preventing a return to Puerto Madero.

“The race ended in a little bit of frustration for us here in Buenos Aires,” said Rosenqvist.

“Aiming for the top five, we had planned to do a really quick second stint but in the pit stop we had a BMS error that meant that the car wouldn’t start. The only thing we could do was push for the fastest lap of the race.

“It’s one point to take away, but still very frustrating to lose a stronger finish.”

Nick Heidfeld also finished out of the points and was handed a drive-through penalty by the stewards for being four tenths under the minimum pitstop time of 55 seconds.

“It was a disappointing day finishing outside the points,” said Heidfeld after the race.

“We were strong in free practice but qualifying was not optimal, however we still had a chance to score some good points during the race. I went one lap longer than most of the field, with more energy in the second car I caught them quickly and overtook a lot of them.”

“After the drive through penalty, I came out in P15 and almost caught up to the cars in front but it was not possible to improve on the position.”

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