Indian racer Karun Chandhok could not put up a good performance for Team Mahindra at the inaugural formula E championship here, finishing 14th in the first electric car race in the US even as the Indian auto major showcased its electric vehicle expertise off the tracks.
Chandhok, one of the two drivers for Mahindra Racing, started from the 20th spot and managed to climb up a few notches to finish the race at number 14.
His team partner Brazilian Bruno Senna had to retire from the 39-lap race a little after the pit stop due to a suspension problem.
Nicolas Prost of e.dams-Renault and son of four-time World Champion Alain held off a late charge from Scott Speed of Andretti Autosport to take victory in the fifth round of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship at the Miami ePrix held here yesterday and attended by thousands of fans.
Chandhok later said while the team’s perfomance was not up to the mark in the Miami race, it hopes to do better in the races that follow in Los Angeles and London.
Pawan Goenka, Executive Director & President for Mahindra’s Automotive & Farm Equipment?Sectors said the "result was not what we were hoping for" even as the team expressed hope that things will look up for Team Mahindra in future races.
Prost did not look like a potential winner during the first half of the race, as he was muscled out of second place by Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.
Bird chased down poleman Jean-Eric Vergne of Andretti as the lead pair established a small margin over the chasing pack.
Bird pulled off a fine overtaking move to take the lead, but almost immediately had to slow to avoid over consuming his energy. The slow lap back to the pits dropped him to eighth place and out of the fight for the win.
Having pitted a lap earlier than his rivals, Daniel Abt of Audi Sport ABT was running low on energy, and with Speed looming large in his mirrors, Prost knew he couldn’t afford to get stuck behind the German.
He took the lead with a superb lunge, but speed also took advantage of the compromised Abt, and forced his way into second.
The American had Prost in his sights, but there was just a lap left to go. With both drivers giving 100 per cent, it was an enthralling final lap, with Prost doing just enough to hold on for his first win and to take the championship lead in the process.
Mahindra is among the 10 teams competing in Formula E, the world’s first fully-electric racing series. The inaugural season of the Formula E Racing Series had commenced in Beijing in September 2014 and will run until June 2015, competing in 10 of the world’s leading cities including Berlin and London.