Pune: Former F1 driver and 2015 DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein and Jérôme D’Ambrosio were named as Mahindra Racing drivers in an all-new line-up for the upcoming season for FIA Formula E. Nick Heidfeld, who gave the much needed podiums in the last season, will now take up as new special advisory role and position as Official Test and Reserve Driver.
The new line-up is certainly a mix of proven pedigree, experience and exciting new talent. Wehrlein will make his Formula E debut, while team-mate D’Ambrosio is highly experienced Formula E regular and double race-winner.
Wehrlein holds the record for being the youngest competitor in DTM, the youngest to win a DTM race and in 2015 became the youngest to win the title at the age of just 20. In 2014, he became development and simulator driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and, following his DTM success, Wehrlein competed in two full seasons of Formula One, contesting for Manor Racing and Sauber F1 Team.
Now, at the age of 23, the German-Mauritian driver has made the move to all-electric single seaters with race-winning team Mahindra Racing. Belgian D’Ambrosio joined Mahindra Racing for Season 5 after four seasons with Dragon Racing, which saw him compete in every one of Formula E’s 45-race history and achieve two race wins, seven podiums and two pole positions.
The 32-year-old brings with him a plethora of experience to the Indian outfit, including at Formula 1 level where he had 20 race starts and was a part of the Renault F1 Driver Development Programme. Mahindra Racing, one of the 10 founding teams of Formula E, on Tuesday unveiled its new livery for the M5Electro; the new Generation 2 Formula E car. The new livery was unveiled in Valencia ahead of this week’s all-teams test. The design sees an evolution of the team’s iconic and unique red, white and blue colour scheme, updated and created to reflect the exhilarating new design of the Gen2 car.