The Mahindra Racing Formula E team has confirmed that former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld has joined the squad for the sport’s second season.
The German will drive the team’s new M2Electro car, which will be run in partnership with Campos Racing – with Mahindra providing the technical lead and Campos offering its expertise in race engineering.
Speaking at his announcement ahead of pre-season testing in Donington, Heidfeld commented: “I am very excited to join Mahindra Racing for the second Formula E season, Mahindra’s high ambitions are aligned with lessons learned from season one and action taken for two. When I tested the M2Electro in Spain, I found a determined team that shares my racing passion. My target is to win and I believe our combined experience and skills will ensure we maximise our chances.”
Heidfeld is certainly a scoop for the team, bringing the experience of 183 F1 starts alongside a full season’s racing in the inaugural year of Formula E, in which he scored a best placed finish of 12th.
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal of Mahindra Racing Formula E team, commented: “I am very proud to welcome Nick to the Mahindra Racing family. He brings a wealth of experience to the team and we were impressed by his performances in the inaugural Formula E season.”
“Nick has also been an integral part of testing the M2Electro with our team. Mahindra Racing is targeting top results this season and with over 2,000km of pre-season testing completed, we are confident we are giving Nick the car to do it. We have been particularly impressed with how quickly he has got up to speed with the technical aspects of the car, as well as the gains we have made in its refinement since he joined us.”
With the German to be partnered by Bruno Senna at pre-season testing, the Indo-Spanish squad certainly have a very solid base upon which to build for their second season. This is certainly a team to watch.