Nick Heidfeld is positive about the potential of new team Mahindra Racing as season two approaches, but remains passive on the comparative pace between themselves and the rest of the field.
Heidfeld made the switch from Venturi after a year filled with close calls and errors left only a solitary podium on the German’s record for the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
Teamed up with Bruno Senna, Heidfeld sees Mahindra as a better opportunity to produce results in season two, but refused to speculate on a potential pecking order, citing Beijing as the first real opportunity to see where every team is at.
Following a productive testing programme for the team at Donington Park, Heidfeld took the time to speak to e-racing about his thoughts on the season ahead.
New team new season but what led you to a move to Mahindra?
“I believe I have better chances with Mahindra to be successful. It was quite a late decision to look around and find a space in a team that I assume will do better this year, but we will find out over the course of the season.å”
Wins were definitely on last season but didn’t happen for one reason or another. How confident are you that you can put that right this season?
“You can never be confident. You always have to push as hard as you can as a driver, I’m very happy with the team as they are working flat out, but that’s what I said at Venturi last year. We could have won the first race, and then there were some other good chances. Sometimes the feeling was ‘yeah yeah, we can do it next time’ and I said ‘come on guys, we have to take the chances when they are there, who knows what will happen?’ Then mid-year we were falling back and it was very frustrating.”
In testing the car has looked very solid with some good pace but from your view how has it been going?
“It’s been going very well. Today we were struggling a bit with not a lot of running, not due to parts that Mahindra have produced, but the first two tests went very well. Of course you try to judge yourself in terms of pace, but we will only know for sure when we are in Beijing. At the moment I would say that Renault and Virgin are ahead, maybe with Abt, but that’s looking at the testing data and again, we will have to wait until Beijing.”
Speaking of Beijing where are you expecting to finish in the first race?
“That’s a difficult question, as I said there’s a bit of guessing at the moment. I really don’t know, it’s too early to set a target.”
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