India puts Porsche to the test

There is only one team since the dawn of Formula E, back in 2014, that has remained intact over the years, Mahindra, and finally, in the ninth season of the electric championship, they will be able to live a dream that they will surely carry wishing since its creation: running at home. The World Cup comes to India for the first time in its history to play the fourth round of 2023 in Hyderabad, the fourth largest city in the country with more than six million inhabitants (behind only Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore).

It is the 30th different location that Formula E has visited and the first race of a top FIA World Championship in ten years since Formula 1’s last visit in 2013 to the Buddh International Circuit (where MotoGP debuts in September). The track that the electric grill will find in this southern part of India will be very different, with a layout of 18 curves in front of the enormous statue of Buddha of the central lake Hussain Sagar, but the conditions of high temperatures and humidity will be the usual ones.

The works to finish the works on the circuit and have everything ready for the free practice session on Friday and for the race on Saturday (from 10:30 a.m. Spanish time) are rushed until the last minute, something to which they are accustomed in this World Cup and that does not detract one iota of illusion from the people of Mahindra, that He has been “preparing for a long time for the team to return home”, as evidenced by Frederic Bertrand, its CEO. For this reason, there will be no more motivated men than Di Grassi and Rowland, their pilots, waiting for the light to go out, although in better shape…

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Porsche and Wehrlein rule the roost

Because there is a new force that prevails in the FE that was presented in Mexico and was confirmed in the Saudi double in Diriyah. We talk about Porsche, specifically of two of his cars: Wehrlein’s officer and Dennis’s Andretti. Between them they have monopolized the first two places in each race, with two victories for the German, who leads with 68 points, and one for the Briton, second to six. The rest follow from afar with Buemi (31), Bird (28) and Hughes (27) in the top-5. The challenge is to get them off the podium at the premiere in India. It will not be an easy task.

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