Mahindra Racing have retained Season 3 lineup Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld going into Season 4.
Following a successful Season 3, including the team’s first race win in Berlin and coming third in the Team championship, Mahindra racing have re-signed drivers Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist. It’s believed the team are also looking to sign an as-yet-unannounced junior driver to act in a development and reserve role.
Rosenqvist secured third place in the driver standings last year and was the top-scoring rookie. He won Mahindra’s first victory in Berlin Race 1 and would have been on to take a second in Race 2 if not for a time penalty following an unsafe release. Balancing Formula E duties alongside a full-time drive in Super Formula and appearances in the World Endurance Championship and Indycar, Rosenqvist was not short on options and is understood to have been re-signed on a multi-year deal to keep him at Mahindra.
Rosenqvist said ““I’m thrilled to be back for a second season in Formula E and to extend my relationship with Mahindra Racing That was our mutual intention from the very beginning, and we’ve already completed a series of promising tests with the M4Electro in recent months. Moving into season four, I will draw on everything I learned in 2016-17 to try and lift us to the next level. It will be a massive challenge with stiff competition, but we have a solid foundation and are all fully committed to taking the fight to the very best.”
Heidfeld has been at Mahindra since Season 2, scoring 88 points and five podiums last season in an extremely solid showing from the 40-year-old. He was combining Formula E with a drive at Rebellion in WEC but seems to have stepped down his duties there in the last year – and moved forward substantially in Formula E. He recently set the electric record for the Goodwood Hill Climb in Mahindra’s Season 4 car.
Heidfeld said “I am proud to be part of Mahindra Racing where we have been going from strength to strength in Formula-E. It’s exactly where I want to be and I am delighted to extend my contract and commitment to target even more success. I am thrilled and can’t wait to compete in my M4-Electro in this ever-improving championship.”
Team boss Dilbagh Gill said the goal for Season 4 was to fight at the very front – with the team aiming to contend both the Team and Driver championships “We’re thrilled that both Nick and Felix will remain with Mahindra Racing next season. With them, we’re confident that our new race car, the M4Electro will prove to be our strongest yet and Mahindra will consistently be fighting at the front of the field for wins and championships.”