Mahindra Racing score 10 points in an action packed Formula E season finale
The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E season comes to an end at the Berlin E-Prix after 15 rounds. Mahindra Racing finishes the season on a high note with a strong comeback at the second race at Berlin. Alexander Sims started the race from P4 and facing two safety cars, multiple yellow flags, a red flag and really strong rivals, came home in P5. The team India driver fought tooth and nail from the start and did not let overtaking be an easy job for his competitors. Alex Lynn improved with Mahindra Racing overnight for the second race but due to a start from P14 on the grid, came home P13 after having a front seat to the carnage that occurred at the start of the race.
Alexander Sims has always liked the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit even though many drivers and teams have complained of its high abrasion track surface and its effects on the tyres. Sims was not able to make the best of the track at round 14 and finished P17 as his teammate Alex Lynn finished P20. Mahindra Racing finished the race scoring no points. But the Indian team has always bounced back from challenging results. Right out of the box, Alexander Sims secured P4 in the qualifying session, bringing in the team’s ninth super pole appearance. That allowed Sims to start from a strong position and allowed him to stay away from the incident at the start of the race between Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara.
With the first safety car out of the picture, Sims kept the position at P3 and took both the attack modes at the first quarter of the race length. Mahindra Racing's decision to get both the attack modes out of the way got them to stretch their positions from the rivals behind him. Towards the final ten minutes of the race, Sims started to lose race pace as the abrasive track took its toll on the tyres and the energy management aspect also kicked in. Sims fought hard to keep the position and made it really difficult for Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team) and Andre Lotterer (Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) to go past him. Andre and Sims have a rough history of fighting with each other on the track and have even taken themselves out of the race at Round 9 Puebla. The duo made contact on the overtake attempt by Lotterer but this time, the two managed to come out without damage. Finally, Sims brought home 10 points by finishing P5 and was the sole point scorer for the team.
Alex Lynn on the other hand, started from P14 on the grid. But the race was not going to be easy for the British driver. Lynn had a front seat to the accident between Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara. With that out of the picture, Lynn made a few positions and kept both his Attack modes on hold for the later stages of the race. After driving a controlled race through the streets of Berlin, the British driver finished P13.
The season ended with Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team winning the constructors championship and Nyck De Vries winning the drivers championship title. Mahindra Racing dropped to P9, despite grabbing 10 points from the final race of the season. With the 2021 Formula E finally over, Mahindra Racing can look back at their comeback in the second half of the season and with the momentum, drive the Indian team to a strong start at the 2022 season of the ABB FIA Formula E.