Looking ahead to the first-ever World Championship season of Formula E, Alex Lynn feels positive about what is to come.
Following an enjoyable and productive six races with Mahindra Racing in Berlin last year, I’m back with the team again, and this time for the entire season. It is exciting to see the direction that this team is headed, from its brand new facilities to a host of new partners that have joined the Mahindra Racing family, as well as getting to know its hard-working and passionate staff.
Looking ahead to this first-ever World Championship season of ABB Formula E, I feel very positive about what is to come. Partnering with Formula E race winner Alexander Sims, I will be racing the M7Electro, the latest Mahindra Racing car – fitted with a ZF powertrain – that is a big step up from previous seasons’ and promises some impressive pace.
The season begins on 26th February with a double-header in Saudi Arabia, after a short delay that saw the postponement of the original opening rounds in Santiago. The two races, which will take place around the streets of Diriyah, are making history as the first-ever Formula E night races. A number of drivers on the grid, including Alexander Sims and I, have competed in 24hr races in their careers and so already have experience of night racing, but this will be the first time any of us experience it in a Formula E car.
The Diriyah circuit also offers a challenging layout that will push us all to our limit, including a very tight section of corners towards the start. The dusty nature of the track also means that grip can vary depending on the session, making having a perfect strategy even more paramount. I also know that with the standard of our competitors, the whole weekend will be very tight, but I expect us to be pushing for some good points.
Building off the back of my Mahindra Racing debut in August 2020, I have been preparing non-stop for this season to begin. A mixture of simulator work and physical fitness regimes has ensured that I remained on the ball during the offseason, and it was obviously fantastic to drive the M7Electro properly for the first time at pre-season testing. Alexander and I were extremely competitive in Valencia; topping the timesheets one of the days. At the end of the day though, it’s all about what happens when those lights go out on track in Diriyah.
In terms of performance for the whole season, my expectation is for us to be picking up some trophies – it is what this team and this car deserve. The desire of the whole team to achieve what we all know we can is so strong, and this is mirrored in the hard work put in by every single employee.
Keep an eye on the Mahindra Racing social channels to follow our performance over the weekend. We would also welcome your Fanboost vote which gives us an extra boost of power during the race. This can be done via the Formula E website.