Chandhok & Mahindra looking forward to Formula E home race: "Good time to come to India".
This coming weekend, Formula E will hold a race in India for the first time in its history: The Hyderabad E-Prix is eagerly awaited by many. In particular, the Indian racing team Mahindra Racing and Karun Chandhok, former driver of the team and now an expert for the international TV team of the racing series, are looking forward to the home race.
India is already the 22nd country in which the electric series will hold a race. Already for several years, the race series aimed at the South Asian country. This is because for the manufacturers involved in Formula E, India is a large market where electric mobility has great growth potential.
Although Mahindra Racing in particular has been pushing plans in recent years to cooperated with Indian authorities and even called on fans to suggest a possible track layout in New Delhi, all plans to hold a race in India have failed so far. All the greater is now the joy at the founding member of Formula E that it has worked out in 2023.
"The time has finally come," celebrates Frederic Bertrand, CEO of Team Mahindra Racing. "The team's home race is something we have been preparing for for a long time. Ever since it was announced that Formula E was coming to Hyderabad, the team has been looking forward to putting on a show for our amazing Indian fans. The team is heading to India with a lot of energy and excitement."
Home soil ??? pic.twitter.com/gKEJtObvAk- Mahindra Racing (@MahindraRacing) February 9, 2023
His driver Lucas di Grassi agrees, "It's important for us to have a good race in India. We can't wait to see the Indian fans who will be supporting us. We want to give them a good show." His teammate Oliver Rowland adds, "Having the home fans behind us will add to our motivation when racing on home soil. We know they will be fully behind us and support us, which will give us an extra boost to perform well."
Chandhok: "Electric mobility revolution is happening at a rapid pace"
The Hyderabad E-Prix is also special for former F1 and Formula E driver Karun Chandhok. The Indian once contested the entire inaugural 2014/15 season for Mahindra. His best result was 5th place in the very first race in Beijing. He has followed Formula E's aspirations to race in his home country all these years. "As the only Indian to have participated in Formula E so far, I'm looking forward to the series' debut in India and making sure the spectators in the stands are treated to a good show," Karun Chandhok tells 'The South First.'
"The electric mobility revolution is happening at a rapid pace around the world, and India is no different," Chandhok added. "This is a great time for the world's first all-electric racing championship to come to India."
"The track in Hyderabad looks really interesting," the former Mahindra driver thinks. "It will be a lot of fun for the riders, I think. The track has a good mix of fast and technical sections for the riders and cars. I spent some time driving the track in the simulator last week and was really impressed."
The Hyderabad E-Prix takes place somewhat unusually for us Europeans because of the time difference on Saturday morning: The start of the fourth race of the season is already at 10:33 a.m. German time. ProSieben will be broadcasting the race live.