Just recently, Mahindra Racing renewed its contract with Roberto Merhi for the Rome and London races of the Formula E season. Merhi, who impressed in his first racing weekend in Jakarta and again at the Southwire Portland E-Prix with Mahindra Racing, will drive the #8 Mahindra M9Electro alongside Lucas Di Grassi in the #11 car. The Spaniard replaced Oliver Rowland, who apparently quit after suffering a hand injury during the 2023 Monoco E-Prix.
Roberto Merhi has an impressive resume. He raced in and won the Formula Renault, the Spanish F3, the British F3 series, as well as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, before joining the Manor Marussia F1 Team in 2015. He competes often in single-seater and endurance racing.
Check out what Roberto Merhi has to say about his drive with Mahindra Racing in the 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix:
"I’m so happy to be able to confirm that I will be seeing the season out with Mahindra Racing in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The team recently announced that I will be racing for them alongside Lucas Di Grassi in both Rome and London – two really exciting race events.
Last time out in Portland I had a difficult race after a battery issue caused me to stop on track on just lap four. Up until that point, I’d had a really good weekend and the race was looking promising. I was close to Lucas in qualifying and in the early stages of the race, so I was hopeful for a decent result. It was a disappointing way to end the weekend but at least now I can look ahead to the next two rounds.
Focus now shifts to preparing for the Hankook Rome E-Prix. This will be another new track to me, whereas most of the field will have plenty of experience, putting me slightly on the back foot. However, I have a great team behind me and I know they will give me all the support I need to bring me up to speed with learning the track and how to handle the Gen3 car around, what I’ve heard, is a very challenging circuit.
I want to take the opportunity to thank all the Mahindra Racing fans for getting behind me and welcoming me to their team for the last couple of events. Hopefully, we can reward you with some decent results in both Rome and London."