Mahindra have ‘unfinished business’ in Putrajaya

Mahindra Racing’s team principal expects his drivers to challenge for top five places at the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia on Saturday.

Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna finished in sixth and 14th places respectively in last season’s race when top five places looked within their reach.

Dilbagh Gill says Senna and new team member Nick Heidfeld, a former Formula One driver for the Prost, Jordan, Sauber and Williams teams, will put in a stronger challenge this time.

“I feel we have unfinished business in Putrajaya. Our drivers had an opportunity to finish within the top five and for various reasons we didn’t achieve this. That said, Putrajaya is a circuit that suits us and the location is spectacular,” he told The Checkered Flag.

“The race has been moved to an earlier time and we have one less practice session so all teams will have to adapt to this and to the climate but I’m excited to get our four M2Electro cars out of the box and go racing again.”

Heidfeld grabbed the team’s first ever podium at the season opening Beijing ePrix in October, while Senna finished in 14th place.

“The race in Beijing was a tense and thrilling experience for us, particularly on Nick’s final laps,” said Gill.

 “We knew we had a strong car and a strong driver but the reality was that the two cars behind stopped one lap later than us and so had more energy at their disposal in their second stint. Nick did a fantastic job to hold them off and to defend third position to the checkered flag.”

Gill added that the team would be looking to constantly improve their pit stops and all other race day operations as the season progressed.