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Mahindra Racing team’s Pascal Wehrlein: A much greater importance on qualifying in Paris
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Mahindra Racing team’s Pascal Wehrlein: A much greater importance on qualifying in Paris

By Pascal Wehrlein

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Mahindra Racing team’s Pascal Wehrlein: A much greater importance on qualifying in Paris

Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein is ready for the Paris E-Prix!

Last time out in Rome I felt our race pace was quicker that it has been at previous rounds; I think that this is because I personally had a much better understanding of the new systems and the changes that have come onboard. This is something that I will look to build on at the Paris E-Prix this weekend, although there is still more work to be done.

This track is different to what we have seen in the season so far; it is very short and tight, and this puts a much greater importance on qualifying, because we know it will be difficult to make up positions. Having completed the preparation work needed in the simulator, I would say Paris is not my favourite track although, in terms of energy management, I would say it is slightly easier.

I think Rome is one of my favourite tracks on the race calendar; it was one of the best designed street circuits we have had so far. It is actually really difficult as a driver to pick your best tracks because naturally you are drawn to the ones that you were good or most competitive at. I also like all the cities of the upcoming races!

Read Pascal Wehrlein’s last blog before the Formula E race in China – here

A hot topic for debate in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship this season has been the new qualifying format. The advantage that certain groups have over another will vary from track to track; sometimes the benefit of going out in the later groups is better and others, it is a lot less, but there is nothing you can do about it. We just need to make sure we are getting the best performance out of the car in order to qualify as high up as possible to set ourselves up for a solid race when the lights go out.

This is my rookie year in Formula E so, for me, the unpredictable race results seem normal. There is not one team or two teams constantly battling at the front; everyone is racing on a really high level and the win could be anyone’s. We have seen seven different winners from seven different teams in seven races; that is why it is important to have every advantage possible, so please vote for me in FANBOOST: https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com