Rosenqvist puts in recovery drive to keep title fight open

The Swede racing under the Mahindra Racing banner finished fourth in Chile during the FIA Formula E round. Heidfeld was forced to retire as a first lap incident left him short one car

Mahindra Racing, whose M4ELECTRO cars are run in collaboration with Campos Racing, keeps title fight alive with Felix Rosenqvist’s fourth place in Santiago de Chile. German teammate Nick Heidfeld couldn’t score points as an incident on lap one forced him to change car very early.

Unlike previous rounds, Mahindra Racing and their drivers couldn’t put themselves in contention for the pole position. Neither Rosenqvist nor Heidfeld managed to put together a perfect lap and they lined up respectively 13th (1:19.984) and 15th (1:20.012) on the starting grid.

The fortunes of the team changed later in the 37-lap race. At least for Rosenqvist as Heidfeld was caught in an accident on lap 1 and pitted for a car change. As a result, he retired after 23 laps. On the contrary Rosenqvist gained several positions as soon as the safety car proceeded into the pit lane to move up to 11th. A lap later he was already running in 10th place. Mahindra Racing performed extremely well during the pit stop and the Swede passed other five cars still gaining another track position when Nelson Piquet Jr. ran wide. Despite Rosenqvist had Sebastien Buemi’s third place within his reach, finally he secured fourth. Now Rosenqvist sits 2nd in the Drivers’ standings. Mahindra Racing is currently lying second in the Teams’ classification.

The FIA Formula E will head to Mexico City on March 3.