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WEHRLEIN: Promise but Frustration in Bern

Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein reports back on his Swiss E-Prix weekend in Bern…

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

We came away from Bern with little other than the feeling that we should have had a podium last Saturday.

Ultimately it was not meant to be for Mahindra Racing but at least we showed that the pace in the car is there and that we can fight at the very front.

It was fascinating racing in Switzerland because this is my home and I had never thought I would race in the country.

I have to say that the organizers did a great job with the circuit because it was a real challenge for us drivers and we could attack it big time.

It is always nice to drive on a track where you get lots of undulation and gradient. It makes it much more interesting and, even though overtaking was always going to be super difficult, it is the same at a lot of other street tracks around the world as well.

The pace was good straight away, we worked hard prior to this race and it worked out well.

It is a track that suited our car quite well with low speed corners and a high grip track. I was fastest in FP2 and I was always in the top few cars all day so things were looking good.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

The M5Electro felt hooked up and we were in with shout of the front-row I think so fourth on the grid after qualifying was slightly disappointing as I was fighting a bit of oversteer at certain points on the track.

Obviously you saw what happened at the original start of the race. There was nothing I could do there as I got hit from behind and stuck in the chicane.

It was so tight to have the start immediately before that chicane it was almost certain something would happen.

Luckily we could repair the car and start the race again although I did have some damage.

Under the safety car it was quite uneventful at the green flag and I was following Buemi knowing that I was probably quicker but with no chance to get an opportunity to overtake.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

Then the car just switched off at one point and I couldn’t restart it and had to pull off to the side which was hugely frustrating. The team are still investigating it this week to see if it is a technical issue or if it is something from the accident.

I tried to have a look to pass Buemi because I was stuck behind him for so long. It is a shame because the pace was so good for us all weekend.

Even with the whole rear diffuser broken but somehow the pace was still very good. It is disappointing.

I told the team that we just need to look forward and work hard and you know at one time the luck has to turn to our side.

There are still two races to go but yes we missed some good opportunities this year because of things that usually have not been in our control, so hopefully this can turnaround soon for us.

We will get two chances to do this next month at New York which will be my first time in the ‘Big Apple’. I am really looking forward to racing in such an iconic city and hopefully we can translate the promise we showed in Switzerland.

Pascal Wehrlein

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

Pascal Wehrlein 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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