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GILL: Disappointment Increases Determination

Mahindra’s team principal writes after a challenging weekend in Hong Kong…

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

As much as we love racing in Hong Kong, which is such an important and vibrant city, it is fair to say that we will not take very happy memories away from the 2019 E-Prix.

It would be something of an understatement to say that we received much more than our fair share of frustration and bad luck last weekend.

Mahindra Racing arrived for the first leg of the Asian leg in a strong frame of mind.

Our strong start to the season had seen podium appearances in three of the four races and us heading into Hong Kong leading both championships.

But a bit like the weather in Hong Kong last week, there was little brightness for us in terms of results.

The treacherous conditions made it a very challenging task for everyone. The combination of the weather and the tight nature of the track meant there was an element of a lottery going on.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

We had some struggles in practice, which definitely put us on the backfoot for qualifying, and with the wet track the emphasis was on not having any unnecessary accidents just prior to the race.

A lot of things change in Formula E but, as the series develops, one thing has stayed constant and that is the one day format with all its complexities and challenges that brings for everyone.

In qualifying both Pascal [Wehrlein] and Jerome [d’Ambrosio] were in Group 1 which was far from ideal.

Maybe we went a little too conservative but the track was so wet that we had to bear in mind the risk and reward balance.

What can I say about the race? It was very deflating and perhaps the most disappointing we have had in five years of racing in Formula E. It was definitely our shortest race in five years.

To lose both Mahindra M5Electros on the second lap because of someone else’s accident is very frustrating.

You had to feel for the whole team and especially Pascal and Jerome because they were completely innocent in the outcome of the incident.

We are well known for our stoicism at Mahindra, and we will pick ourselves up and go again. Although the result was extremely harsh on us, there will be no self-pity here.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

Moving on immediately from this is at the forefront of our minds and thankfully we do not have too long to wait until we get back on track for the first ever Sanya E-Prix next weekend.

When you look at the points tables we still have a healthy position. Jerome is just one point off the lead in the drivers’ standings and we are right in the game in the teams’ also.

There is still a major amount to play for in Season Five. We are not even at the halfway stage yet and knowing that we have a great car and a great team leaves us still in a positive position.

It was nice for Formula E to recognise the milestone of 50 races last weekend.

We have been here since the very start and it is a source of great pride that we are a founding team in this pioneering, relevant and maturing championship.

One thing we can always rely and depend upon is the unwavering support of our fans and followers all over the world.

The Mahindra name is becoming increasingly recognised because of its involvement and commitment to its motorsport programmes, so it is gratifying to know that we have that encouragement.

See you in Sanya!

Dilbagh Gill

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

Dilbagh Gill is the CEO and team principal of Mahindra Racing, which competes in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

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    Mauro Ieva - Greengyne

    March 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    We are disappointed as well, I was in another turn but I’ve seen the accident on one screen facing the grandstand facing the finish line.
    I agree with Dilbagh, the qualy format is a mess, hope that will be changed as soon as possible.
    Appreciate the Dilbagh determination, from a defeat a new victory can come back!
    Go Mahindra!

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