In this exclusive blog, Alex Lynn reflects on Mahindra's performance in the first two rounds and talks about what to expect in Valencia.
It’s good to get momentum going in the championship now, and we’re back racing just two weeks after the Rome E-Prix. Rome was a bit of a weekend of what could have been. We scored good points from a medium qualifying on Saturday. On Sunday, qualifying again wasn’t where we wanted it to be, but we were able to come back through to finish P9 on the road. Unfortunately, we got an end of race penalty for not taking all of our attack modes when a last-minute safety car scuppered our chances.
In terms of race pace, we had a good team performance all weekend. As we’ve shown in both Riyadh and Rome when Mahindra Racing qualifies up the front the car stays there very nicely. It was a big well done to Alexander Sims for his podium, finishing second in the race on Sunday, I think it’s great for the whole team and it gives us a push onto Valencia this coming weekend.
I’m really excited, I think it will be fun and that we’re going to go pretty well there. Racing on a permanent circuit is totally different to what Formula E has done before but I think it’s going to be great and could suit us quite nicely. To make the circuit a little bit more ‘Formula E’ in terms of characteristics, the organisers have put in a chicane and tightened up one of the corners.
As a team, we have been working a lot on efficiency and been doing well so our main priority is putting the whole day together in Valencia. In terms of race pace, we know we are strong and we know we’ve got an efficient car. Mahindra had always had a strength in qualifying but the last few weekends we have not been as strong and that’s something we’re focusing on. Both I and Alexander [Sims] have had a Super Pole each this season in qualifying, but we want more, and we are working on maximising the whole day with this brand new powertrain.
Having tested at Valencia in the official pre-season test, we have a good reference and it’s a strength that we’ve driven there already with the new powertrain. I like the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – it’s a really nice track.
The results this season have been quite mixed up between the teams, but I think the Valencia E-Prix will be the first one this year where you will see that if you haven’t got a good car, it will be difficult for you to do well. This race is going to be about pure efficiency and chassis balance and the result is going to be very much related to your competitiveness. I’m looking forward to it!
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