Pascal Wehrlein: Mahindra “missed many opportunities” in Formula E

Pascal Wehrlein: Mahindra “missed many opportunities” in Formula E

Ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein believes his Mahindra Racing ABB FIA Formula E team could have won several more races in the 2018/19 season.

Wehrlein made a strong start to his FE career by almost winning in Santiago before being passed by Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird, and the Mahindra driver’s fightback was hamstrung by battery temperature issues that affected some of the grid.

The former Sauber F1 driver also took pole position at Mexico City and lost victory moments before the finish when he ran out of useable energy and handed the win to Audi’s Lucas di Grassi.

Wehrlein also took pole position in Paris, before both he and team-mate Jerome D’Ambrosio were excluded from qualifying for a tyre pressure infringement.

It meant Mahindra’s only victory came through D’Ambrosio in Marrakech.

“[I’m] very happy about the speed and our potential, but I think we missed many opportunities,” Wehrlein told Autosport.

“Obviously, we missed a few wins. I think if I could say today we had one or two wins, I would say it’s a very good season.

“Santiago, Mexico, Paris [we could have won]. I would say it was a good season, but we didn’t win the races when the chances were there.”

When asked by Autosport if he felt Mahindra had lacked consistency in the 2018/19 campaign, Wehrlein replied: “No I think we are still strong.

“Maybe, at the beginning [of the season], we were one of the fastest cars, but now obviously I would say on a good weekend we are fighting for podiums.

“But I’ve been in superpole in Bern, Berlin. The race before was Monaco and we were in superpole, out of the last three qualifyings we were twice in superpole.

“You can see the performance is there, but in the beginning, I think we were twice or three times close to winning the race, and maybe that’s why it looked stronger.”

Wehrlein had told Autosport before the New York season finale that his future in FE had not been decided.

When asked after the New York finale for a deadline to resolve his future, Wehrlein said: “After this race. I don’t know when.”

He added that staying with Mahindra was “an option”.

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When asked if remaining with Mahindra was his favoured choice, Wehrlein said: “I’m very happy with the team and the chance I was given by Mahindra.

“It feels like home, so yeah, I don’t know what my preference for next year would be yet.

“Mahindra has given me such a great opportunity in a highly-rated team.

“On the personal side, it suits me really well, which is very important for me.

“I can imagine driving for Mahindra for many years.”