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Mahindra rounded out Season 6 in ninth place in the teams championship. Jerome D’Ambrosio finished a second season with the team but will not continue into 2021 with the team, instead moving to Venturi as deputy team principal.
Alex Lynn joined the team for the Berlin rounds as Pascal Wehrlein promptly left for Porsche after he came second in the Race at Home Esports challenge.
Season 6 was the worst season for the team in FE history. It was the first without a podium since Season 1 and the first without a win since Season 2. It wasn’t for lack of trying however, they had a car in the points in all but two races and when Lynn got in the car, consistently qualified high up the field.
They have committed the Gen3 and to stay in Formula E for a long time so love is not lost between Mahindra and FE. The Wehrlein hiring didn’t work but this year’s partnership still has strength and immense speed.
Alex Lynn has found a new home with Mahindra after never quite convincing his previous employers Jaguar and being soundly beaten by Sam Bird despite a pole position on debut.
He’s shown brilliant pace in his two half seasons in the Gen2 era, both times stepping in late on and living up to the expectations of the team.
He was nailed on for a podium, and was pressuring for the win, at the New York round in Season 5 before his Jaguar conked out.
Poor luck has been consistent but now a team has shown faith and hopefully Lynn’s immense pace can help him focus on his driving rather than his career for once.
Lynn said in the season launch: “I’m incredibly excited to be back for Season 7 and to be a part of Mahindra Racing. I’ve had the opportunity of driving the M7Electro on numerous test days and we’re all pretty proud of what we’ve come up with.
“We are here to consistently fight for wins and podiums; that’s what the team go racing for and so do I. From that side I’m extremely excited and focused to be delivering the results that this hard-working team deserves.”
Joining Lynn is another Alex, Alexander Sims has jumped over from his seemingly precarious seat at BMW-i Andretti.
Sims took three pole positions in a row in the back end of Season 5 and start of Season 6, winning the second race of last season and staying in the championship fight until the lockdown break. Returning in Berlin he never quite regained the early form and was second to teammate Max Guenther who took two wins over the season.
Mahindra snapped up Sims almost immediately in August and have shown the faith in him that it always felt was with the other side of the garage at BMW.
Sims said: “I’ve spent the last few months embedding myself into Mahindra Racing, getting to know everyone and learning how everyone works, which has been great. We’ve done a lot of simulator testing, which has been extremely helpful, but it’s the track testing that we’ve done that has been invaluable and has gone well.
“The initial feelings seem good and we are working flat out to continue to fine-tune and optimise our package. I am so looking forward to seeing what it’s like to drive in the races and getting our teeth into the season.”
This author likes Mahindra cars. They always scrub up nicely with their bold red and this year’s M7Electro lives up to that and is arguably one of their best.
On track, with Lynn’s and Sims’ helmets it looks mighty.
— Mahindra Racing (@MahindraRacing) November 26, 2020
How will Season 7 go?
Both drivers were encouraged by the private and public testing that has gone on this Autumn.
Lynn and Sims were almost identically paced in the final Valencia test. They had some joy when Lynn did a last minute gasp lap to go to the top on the second day of running, a time which stood as the fastest of the whole test at the time, being the first in the 1.11s.
On previous form, Season 6 is likely to be exception, not the norm. The norm for Mahindra is fighting for podiums and that will likely continue into the new year.
Lynn and Sims are dependable team players who will work well together as well to develop the car and always get the best result for the team, even at their own personal expense.
Expect good things from Mahindra. They are a team that holds the heart and soul of Formula E front and centre for everything they do.