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D’AMBROSIO: Staying in the Title Reckoning

Mahindra Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio files his column after the Sanya E-Prix…

Photo: Mahindra Racing/Spacesuit Media

We enjoyed a new venue in Formula E last weekend at the Sanya E-Prix which I have to say was a really vibrant event.

There was a good buzz around the race and it is always nice to explore somewhere new and dynamic like Sanya.

The track itself was pretty good fun with a nice variety of corners. It was quite technical and the surface was interesting and pretty grippy for a street circuit.

After Hong Kong, where we were taken out by someone else’s accident, it was important to bounce back and gather some points.

Practice and qualifying was so-so for us. I ended up eighth on the starting grid which was OK considering we were out in Group 1. It still opened up the possibility for a strong points finish.

My start was pretty good and I ran where I started briefly but it was soon clear that we didn’t have the pace of some other cars.

Photo: Mahindra Racing/Spacesuit Media

I made a mistake with taking the Attack Mode probably too early and I got overtaken by Edoardo [Mortara] and this affected my race a bit from that point onwards.

We might have been a little too conservative at some points during the race but, as we know now in Formula E, it can be a big risk to try anything too desperate on overtaking .

Small differences make big impacts in Formula E and there is a lot in the small details which probably meant we didn’t shine as much as we could have as we have seen in previous races.

It is important to score points in races where you might not be able to compete for a podium position. So we achieved this and I think it was probably the best we could hope for with the way that the race developed.

There was some desperate and high-risk driving from some of the other guys during the race but I made the decision to try to get to the later stages of the race without damage and to be in as strong a position as possible.

Photo: Mahindra Racing/Spacesuit Media

With [Sebastien] Buemi’s penalty applied we achieved a sixth and seventh place finish which is a decent contribution to our total for the season so far.

This meant that I am still second in the championship standings which, halfway through the season, is pretty good going.

In the teams’ standings we are back on top which is satisfying because we needed that boost after Hong Kong.

Mahindra Racing is all about teamwork and I think at the halfway stage we can be justifiably proud of what we have achieved together so far this season.

Now we head to Rome next month and the start of the European leg of the championship which will be a crucial period.

It is when the race for the titles really will hot up and we at Mahindra Racing are determined to be part of that.

As we saw from the first event last year, the track is fantastic with a real flow to it.

It is always a pleasure going to the eternal City and I think we can get right back in the mix and battle for more really strong results there.

Photo: Mahindra Racing/Spacesuit Media

Jerome d'Ambrosio is an ex-Formula 1 driver and open-wheel ace, driving for Mahindra Racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

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