Mahindra Racing FIA Formula E drivers, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok
Mahindra Racing has announced Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna as team drivers for the inaugural FIA Formula E (worldâ€™s first ever fully electric) Championship season, which begins in Beijing this year.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director and President (Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors), said, â€śMahindra Racing takes an important step forward on its pioneering journey into electric car racing with the announcement of our driver line-up. We are confident that our participation in Formula E racing would allow Mahindra to remain at the cutting edge of EV technology and help us develop the next generation of electric road cars.â€ť
Mr. S P Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Racing, â€śBoth Karun and Bruno come with very strong racing pedigrees and have successfully competed in a variety of racing series over the past few years. The entire team looks forward to working with both of them to optimize the performance of our racing car over the next few months of testing before the start of racing in September this year.â€ť
Chandhok and Senna have both been Formula 1 drivers in the past. As part of the only Indian team on Formula E grid, Chandhok and Senna uphold a strong working relationship having already raced as team mates previously. Team Principal Dilbagh Gill commented, â€śKarun and Bruno both represent the perfect balance between experience and youthful enthusiasm for this truly ground breaking championship. I am confident they will do their best to represent Mahindra on the world stage and the entire team is aiming for top results from the start of the championship.â€ť
The teamâ€™s first car was recently delivered to Mahindra Racing recently and has now been painted with the teamâ€™s new livery that combines Mahindra red and Indian flag colours.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Mahindra Racing line up,â€ť said Karun Chandhok. â€śMahindra are showing a lot of commitment to Formula E and itâ€™s very encouraging to see the support of senior members of the group to this programme. To be a part of the only Indian team in this series is a real honour for me.â€ť
He added, â€śIt’s also going to be a nice reunion for me with Bruno again. He’s one of my closest friends from the racing world, we respect each other and work well together which will be good for the development of the team.
The in-city races are going to be a great spectacle and the quality of teams and drivers should ensure some fantastic racing.â€ť
Teammate Bruno Senna added, â€śIâ€™m very proud to be joining Mahindra Racing. There is a real ambition within the team to be leaders in Formula E from the start. Itâ€™s also an exciting prospect to be part of such a revolutionary championship from the beginning.â€ť
â€śThere will be a lot to learn very quickly, both for the teams and drivers, in terms of technology and driving styles and for race fans as Formula E will popularise a new type of motorsport across the world. Of course, I already have a great relationship with Karun which will help us work together and move the team forward very quickly.â€ť he added.
Chandhok adds the Formula E Championship to his Le Mans programme which is on next month with Le Mans 24hrs, his 3rd consecutive year racing.
Chandhok is supported by long term supporters JK Tyre, as well as Tag Heuer, Sidvin and the AVT group in his races with Murphy Prototypes. Earlier this month in their 2nd race of the season, the team was forced into retirement after damage to the diff casing.