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Wehrlein: “Good Baseline” Boosts Mahindra’s Chances

Pascal Wehrlein says that Mahindra’s good start has given the team further confidence…

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Pascal Wehrlein says that Mahindra’s positive start to the season will see it continue to challenge at the front of the Formula E field.

The Indian team took a podium position with Jerome d’Ambrosio’s third place at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix and now Wehrlein believes his new team can deliver more results as he readies for his first race this Saturday.

“It was good to see that we are competitive even though it was quite a messy weekend weather wise so there are still unknowns,” Wehrlein told e-racing365.

“Everyone had compromised preparations so everyone was going a bit into the unknown but what is good is that we have a good baseline and we can challenge near the front so it is a positive start.”

The ex-Formula 1 driver spent last Thursday and Friday at Mahindra’s on-site simulator in Banbury, UK and was also working remotely with the team during the Ad Diriyah E-Prix last month.

After missing the first Season Five race due to a complex contractual situation with his former employer Mercedes, Wehrlein says that watching round one from a distance proved useful for future preparations.

“Obviously I watched the first race and it was good to see the team doing a very good job from the start so there are many things to look forward to for us this season,” he said.

“I was in contact with the team and I got live reports from the track and also the test data too with all the documents so I followed everything as close as I could.

“It is useful to watch on TV because you pick up little things on the strategy and the attack zone feature which was quite interesting on how it was used when the safety car came out.

“We are trying different scenarios and also when it is most useful and what you need to do with your energy. The sim is the best preparation for the whole weekend as you can test so many different things.”

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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