Formula E
Formula E
R
Ad Diriyah E-prix
22 Nov
-
23 Nov
Next event in
29 days
R
Santiago E-prix
17 Jan
-
18 Jan
Next event in
85 days
R
Mexico City E-prix
14 Feb
-
15 Feb
Next event in
113 days
R
Rome E-prix
03 Apr
-
04 Apr
Next event in
162 days
R
Paris E-prix
17 Apr
-
18 Apr
Next event in
176 days
R
Seoul E-prix
02 May
-
03 May
Next event in
191 days
R
Berlin E-prix
20 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
240 days
R
New York City E-prix
10 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
260 days
R
London E-prix
25 Jul
-
26 Jul
Next event in
275 days

Mahindra: Wehrlein needs time getting used to FE

shares
comments
Mahindra: Wehrlein needs time getting used to FE
By:
Dec 11, 2018, 11:13 AM

Mahindra believes ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein will need time to adjust to the intricacies of electric racing when he makes his Formula E debut in next month’s Marrakesh ePrix.

Wehrlein will join Jerome d’Ambrosio in Mahindra’s all-new line-up for season five after winning the DTM championship and a two-year stint in F1 with Manor and Sauber.

He will not take part in this weekend's Ad Diriyah season opener however because of his ongoing Mercedes contract.

Mahindra doesn’t expect Wehrlein to be immediately up to pace, however, citing the examples of Le Mans 24 Hours winners Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani, and is willing to offer the German enough time to find his feet in the all-electric series.

“Pascal I think for his age he comes in with one of the most gold-plated resumes in all of motorsport,” Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill told Motorsport.com.

“At 24, he has won the DTM championship, potentially he could have been a Mercedes [F1] driver.

“The moment he sat in the car in testing, you could see that the other guy has got the speed. And now he has to convert that speed and that takes some time.

“Every rookie that comes in the championship takes some time, whatever might have been his background.

“Andre Lotterer, funnily enough we called him a rookie last year but he comes in and takes his time.

“Neel Jani, he’s one of the best sportscar drivers ever, came in and had his own challenges. We have to give Pascal some time.”

Gill revealed that he held talks with d’Ambrosio as early as season three and was finally able to strike a deal for the start of Formula E’s Gen2 era.

“We’ve been talking to each other for the last few years,” said Gill. “From season three we’ve been in touch and trying to get Jerome to join our team.

“This is something we’ve been trying for some time. And we want to continue for one of the better example of what we did for for the two few years was having experience and pace.”

Mahindra was forced to find two new race drivers after Nick Heidfeld decided to step back from racing and Felix Rosenqvist made his long-rumoured move to IndyCar with the Chip Ganassi team.

However, Gill insists that Rosenqvist, who will make his swansong outing for Mahindra in Riyadh in place of Wehrlein, continues to maintain healthy ties with the team.

“Felix and Nick have not left the family,” he said. “Nick continues as an advisor and a reserve driver. So he’s going to be race fit all the time.

“Felix always knows that he’s part of the family. We needed a driver for Riyadh, Felix was the first guy to step in and jump in and so happy to be with the team. He knows that he’s part of the Mahindra family.”

Pascal Wehrlein, Mahindra Racing, M5 Electro

Pascal Wehrlein, Mahindra Racing, M5 Electro

Photo by: Dom Romney / LAT Images

Next article
Promoted: Ad Diriyah ePrix ‘Ready for Action’ as countdown begins

Previous article

Promoted: Ad Diriyah ePrix ‘Ready for Action’ as countdown begins

Next article

Jaguar eTrophy series to launch with 11-car grid

Jaguar eTrophy series to launch with 11-car grid
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Drivers Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Mahindra Racing
Author Rachit Thukral