Wehrlein: Mahindra needs to revert to race-winning baseline

Pascal Wehrlein reckons Mahindra Racing should revert to its Santiago and Mexico set-up “baseline” in its bid to turn its form around in ABB FIA Formula E.

Wehrlein: Mahindra needs to revert to race-winning baseline

Mahindra currently shares the top spot in the teams' standings with Envision Virgin Racing, with the top four outfits split by just two points after the Sanya E-Prix.

But Mahindra has endured a downturn in form since Wehrlein came within metres of winning the Mexico City E-Prix.

In Hong Kong, both Wehrlein and Jerome D'Ambrosio struggled for pace before being eliminated in a clash with Dragon's Felipe Nasr and the pairing were sixth and seventh in Sanya after penalties to midfield drivers helped their cause.

Wehrlein suggests returning to an older baseline could help revive Mahindra's fortunes.

"[The race was] not really spectacular," said Wehrlein. "[We are] missing some pace compared to some other teams.

"I would say where we finished is where we deserved to be. We were not good enough for the front today.

"But a better weekend than Hong Kong obviously. I'm not really happy because in Chile and Mexico we were competitive for the race win. And really here we were not. Hong Kong we were not. So I hope we find a solution soon."

Asked to expand on what has changed, Wehrlein said "something has changed. Not sure [what] yet," before then adding: "We can go to the baseline we had a few races ago.

"You develop something and hope it’s better. Maybe we need to go back, maybe change something, maybe we need to find other solutions. I don't know yet. We just need to work hard together, try to improve."

Mahindra began the final season of the Gen1 car in 2017/18 strongly, before fading in the second half of the campaign.

When Wehrlein was asked if it was a case of Mahindra's inconsistency returning, he said: "I think it’s something common in Formula E is that it’s a bit inconsistent because everyone’s competitive.

"Even when you are fighting at the front, you are not in the front for one second. It’s very close. Sometimes you are doing a good job, sometimes others are doing a good job.

"There is always be a mixed grid order from race to race.

"Let’s say the last [two] weekends we were not in a position to fight for the win which we were before."

shares
comments
Buemi angered by "really unfair" investigation procedure

Previous article

Buemi angered by "really unfair" investigation procedure

Next article

Rowland: "Big thing" Formula E pole a career highlight

Rowland: "Big thing" Formula E pole a career highlight
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Event Sanya E-prix
Drivers Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Mahindra Racing
Author Tom Errington
Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent Prime

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

Formula E
Apr 27, 2021
How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem Prime

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Formula E
Apr 25, 2021
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Prime

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet.

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Prime

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

Mercedes and Porsche compete to win and have done so across the board: in Formula 1, sportscars, the Dakar Rally and endurance road races - even working together to break land speed records. Next in the crosshairs is the Formula E teams' championship crown.

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021