Mahindra Racing Formula E team kick started season 2 campaign on a positive note as the team registered its first ever podium in the premier pure electric single seat racing championship. The third place at the Beijing e Grand Prix was courtesy of an impressive drive by ex-F1 pilot Nick Heidfeld.
The German driver replaced Karun Chandok for this season and has proved that he can deliver in the very first outing with the Indian team. Heidfeld had a great start, jumping two places very early in the race to run second.
Thanks to an undue delay during car swap, Heidfeld rejoined the track behind Lucas di Grassi of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and just ahead of Nickolas Prost of Renault e.dams team. A restart after a full course yellow saw the Frenchman overtake the Mahindra driver.
Towards the closing stages, Prost suffered a broken rear wing and eventually retired, handing the third place back to Heidfeld. However, a charging Loic Duval of Dragon Racing made things interesting towards the fag end of the race.
Nick Heidfeld put on an impressive show to fend off Duval, claiming the podium at an extremely small margin of 0.008 seconds! Meanwhile, the other Mahindra Racing driver Bruno Senna had a tough race, struggling to stay in contention with the mid-field. He finished out of the point at 13th place.
Sebastian Beumi of Renault e.dams drove a flawless race to clinch victory from pole.
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