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Technical troubles cause double Mexico retirement for Mahindra

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Technical troubles cause double Mexico retirement for Mahindra
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Mar 4, 2018, 4:42 AM

Mahindra Racing suffered a rare double DNF in Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix, with both Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld retiring due to separate technical issues.

Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team, Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams, Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, at the start of the race
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing

Earlier, Rosenqvist put the M4Electro on pole position by topping qualifying, and with it banking the three bonus points to propel Mahindra back atop the Formula E standings.

The Swede was untouchable in the first phase of the race, too, stretching his advantage to three seconds before a battery issue led to an unscheduled stoppage on lap 14.

He managed to restart the electronics and hop into his second car, but ultimately had to call it quits on lap 34.

Heidfeld, who qualified 10th, was also in contention for points when his race came to a halt on lap 27 - with a water pump failure being the cause of retirement this time.

Following the double retirement, Mahindra has dropped back to second place in the teams’ standings, nine points adrift of Techeetah.

Rosenqvist’s gap to drivers’ championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne has widened to 12 points, while Heidfeld has fallen to 10th in the standings.

 
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Series Formula E
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Nick Heidfeld
Teams Mahindra Racing
Author Rachit Thukral