The inaugural Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix in Chile saw Mahindra Racing come back from what was not the best qualifying session for the team. A dusty and slippery track did not play to the team’s strength in terms of the cars’ qualifying setups.
A first lap incident saw Nick Heidfeld pit almost immediately to switch cars and continue his race. Unfortunately, with one car out of action, he was forced to retire at the time he would normally come in for his pitstop.
In his own unique fashion, Felix begun his charge up the order almost immediately. He pulled himself up into the points, and after a lightning fast pitstop (due to minimum pitstop times being abolished by the FIA), he exited the pitlane 5th and looked like he was ready to take the fight all the way to the finish. In a hard fighting field of drivers, he spent the last few laps behind the Renault of Sebastian Buemi, and the ex-Formula E Champion did his best to successfully keep Felix at bay. Bearing in mind the greater need of the hour, Felix held back a little bit in order to play it safe, finish 4th, and bring home the maximum points he could, without putting himself in jeopardy.
Mahindra Racing is still solid in the hunt for both championships, and with 87 points are currently in 2ndplace in the championship, only 2 points behind new leaders Techeetah. With a tally of 66 points, Felix is now in 2nd place, 5 points behind Techeetah driver Jean Eric Vergne. Nick is in 7th place with 21 points.