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WEHRLEIN: Solid Points in Monaco

Pascal Wehrlein writes about his fourth place in Saturday’s Monaco E-Prix….

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

It felt good for me to be back racing in Monaco for the first time since 2017. It is such a unique challenge for teams and drivers.

Myself and Mahindra Racing came away from the Monaco E-Prix with a healthy points score but there is little denying the fact that I was personally quite disappointed.

The main reasons for this are that I always set very high expectations, especially when we have a competitive car, which we definitely did have last Saturday.

Honestly, I am disappointed about myself and about my mistake. I overdid it, braked a bit too late and too hard and lost two positions, so because of that I was not happy about it obviously.

But covering off the positives at the moment: The race was good and the pace was there, we also got 13 points, but really I’m not happy about my mistake and I’m upset because we would have challenged for the win last Saturday, I truly believe that.

I was tracking [Jean-Eric] Vergne and we had the conversation to go into attack mode on that lap and then start to go after him but unfortunately I braked a bit too hard and too late, so overdid it at the first corner.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

The problem is that it’s so hard to overtake here. I shouldn’t have taken too much risk because even at the end I had two percent more energy than the guys ahead and I couldn’t overtake them. It’s impossible here if the car [in front] doesn’t do a mistake.

In the end I shouldn’t have taken so much risk to do it, but I did anyway because I wanted to win and that’s how it is, I always want to fight for the victory.

I think I was quite a bit faster than those in front, which became [Oliver] Rowland and [Felipe] Massa after the mistake, because I was still on their tail with two percent more energy.

Massa is clever and he always positioned his car really well, the circuit is so tight and sometimes if you know where to place your car you cannot even get close at all because there is just not the space.

For me to be behind Massa for that long was honestly quite uneventful and even when the Full Course Yellow came out and there was some chaos on the track with bodywork everywhere there was still not a good enough opportunity to find a way through.

I think in Paris I was already really positive, or could have been positive, but the qualifying issues were a big setback, but we have confirmed that the pace is there again so there hard work has paid off for us.

Photo: Mahindra/Spacesuit Media

The speed has been good since Paris again and we have now reasons to be happy to race and look forward to the next race which will be my home event in Berlin.

It will be the first time I have raced at Tempelhof and it will be a new experience to compete on this type of track because obviously it is very different to a classic Formula E street circuit.

We will be pushing super hard again and Mahindra has a fine record at the Tempelhof circuit with a win and podium finishes in the past.

I think in the remaining four races we can be a big threat and get another win to one gained in Marrakesh.

As a team we are gaining in every department as the season goes on and I think the outlook seems very good for us to attack the end of the season and get as many points as we can to show we are a consistent force in Formula E.

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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