Mahindra Racing is preparing for the challenging high-speed circuit of Marrakesh where the team is aiming for another podium finish.
Mahindra Racing’s German driver Nick Heidfeld moved up seven places in Hong Kong, finishing in third position. However the 39-year-old pointed out that it is too early for predictions. “We had a good weekend in Hong Kong for the opening race and it will be very interesting to see how we perform again because it is still early in the season.”
Even though the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan is a partly permanent circuit, “it still has many walls just like any street circuit, so there will be a high chance of full course yellow or a safety car. Everyone is likely to have a challenge with energy management, because the layout means it’s going to be a race that requires a lot of coasting and conservation. It is also going to be my first time in Africa, so this is something I am looking forward to,” Heidfeld said.
Despite setting a new lap record in Hong Kong, the first ever Formula E race for Swedish Felix Rosenqvist didn’t exactly go to plan. Which is why the 25-year-old is looking forward to a completely different challenge on the African continent this weekend: “It’s a different track to Hong Kong in every sense. It has a lot of chicanes and straights so it will require a different driving style and a different rhythm.”
“The target for this race is to build on what we achieved in Hong Kong. The pace was really good and I would like to keep that trend. We know that we have a good package and I want to be able to use it to its maximum potential as soon as possible even if I am still learning a little bit every time,” Rosenqvist explained.
The inaugural Marrakesh ePrix is the second round of the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship, scheduled for Saturday this weekend.