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Gill: “We Are Real Title Contenders Now”

Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill believes they are now genuine championship “contenders”…

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Mahindra Formula E chief Dilbagh Gill believes the Indian team is now a genuine title contender in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship following Felix Rosenqvist’s victory in Marrakesh.

The team scored its third victory in the series on Saturday, as well as extending its run of having a driver on the podium in the last seven events.

“We are three races in, and we have won two of them, and we are in front in both titles so you have to say that yes, we are real contenders now and we are enjoying it,” Gill told e-racing365.

Gill described the turnaround in Mahindra’s fortunes over the last two seasons as “sensational” and attributed the form to the tight team unit he has assembled.

“Every day is a new day. I have never been in this position in my whole life,” he said.

“We were a bit lost a couple of years ago in Season One and most of Season Two, but we put a great bunch of people together.

“We have a brilliant mix of people in the team and if you work hard and have talent then in my book you will have some success. I think the team have been sensational.”

Gill is sure the team will not get overconfident despite its recent good form, but nevertheless warned against complacency.

“We need to keep it all in check. We are in a good place and we have the desire but we know that in Formula E a lot can happen,” he said.

“One thing for sure too is that the competition is harder and more competitive than ever now.”

Although Rosenqvist has received recent plaudits for his back-to-back victories, Gill was quick to pay tribute to Nick Heidfeld, who is in his third season with Mahindra.

“We must not forget Nick and what he brings to our team when we talk of the success,” said Gill.

“Felix would not be as good as he is at the moment if it wasn’t for Nick being his teammate. Nick showed today what he can do and how he can fight. He moved from P18 to eighth and should have been sixth but got tangled up with the Venturi boys.

“Overall Felix has definitely upped his game, but Nick has helped highly on the car set up and we are all benefiting from it.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. Old Trombone

    January 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Marchionne just a few minutes ago in Detroit announced that Ferrari will build an all-electric supercar. With his previous musings about the “inevitability” of Ferrari coming to FE, this is coming true.

    Now that Mahindra owns PininFarina, it will be interesting to see Ferrari versus PininFarina in the 21stCentury.

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