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2019 FE: Mahindra Racing driver Pascal Wehrlein second at Santiago

Team OD  | Published: January 28, 2019, 06:18 PM IST

Mahindra Racing driver, Pascal Wehrlein, claimed his first podium of Season 5 of the Formula E Championship. Wehrlein, who had a DNF at his debut in the championship at the previous round in Marrakesh, managed to finish in second place, behind race winner Sam Bird of Virgin Racing at Santiago. It was a thrilling race, with both Bird and Wehrlein on different 'attack mode' strategies. In fact Wehrlein looked set to take victory from Bird in the closing stages, using his last burst of energy in an attempt to get ahead in the final moments of the race. Unfortunately for the German driver, it was not to be.

Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein en route second place at the Parque O'Higgins Circuit at the Santiago ePrix in Chile

Third place in the race went to Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt. Abt inherited the position from BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Alexander Sims who was given a penalty for causing a collision with Edoardo Mortara.

Sam Bird (GBR), Envision Virgin Racing, 1st position, celebrates during the Santiago E-prix at Parque O'Higgins Circuit

Wehrlein's Mahindra Racing team-mate and Marrakesh ePrix winner, Jerome D'Ambrosio, ended the race in eighth place, but was eventually ranked 10th after being given a five-second penalty for speeding under yellow flags. This means that the rankings at the head of the championship standings have now changed, with the Mahindra driver losing top spot to Bird.

Speaking of his podium finish, Pascal Wehrlein said, "I was pretty close. I was just starting to move into Turn 12, when the team told me I should slow and manage the gap behind as we were critical on temperatures - and I wanted to finish the race! It was a bit of a shame and I was a bit angry in the car. Out of the car… now it's a good feeling. The team and I are a perfect fit and a perfect match. In the first race everyone was so kind to me and were saying what Jerome achieved I could've probably achieved as well. They're giving me a lot of trust, confidence and I want to deliver the best."

Wehrlein celebrates his podium at Santiago, his first since he joined the Formula E championship. He is two races old.

Meanwhile, team principal of Mahindra Racing, Dilbagh Gill said, "I'm delighted to be on the podium for the third consecutive time in the three races we've had so far this season. We haven't had the best of luck in South America but, today, our fortunes turned around. Pascal is incredibly talented, managing both energy usage and tough conditions in the extreme temperatures we had, and I'm happy that he finished on the podium in only his second race. It was a tough day for Jérôme, but he did a great job to bring the M5Electro home in the points after a difficult qualifying session. Our aim in Mexico is to get a pair of strong results – bring it on."

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