Roberto Merhi will once again have the opportunity to settle in a single-seater. In this case, from the Mahindra team. The Indian team has confirmed the presence of the Spanish driver in the double appointment of Formula E in Rome and London, last on the calendar, after “their positive results in recent races”. In this way, the man from Castellón permanently replaces Rowland and will share the box with Lucas di Grassi.
In Jakarta, Roberto achieved eighteenth position in the first race, while in the second he surpassed that record, being seventeenth. Positive results for the team and the driver himself after a quick adaptation to the car. “It was very difficult to jump into the car in the middle of the season when everyone else was already experienced, after only an hour and a half of driving in Berlin. I’ve made a big step forward and my sector times in qualifying have been very good compared to Lucas’s”, affirms the Spaniard.
In addition, Roberto is not satisfied and intends to take advantage of the opportunity that Mahindra has given him to get a position for next season. “It’s a great opportunity to show what I’m capable of. I’ll try to learn as much as I can and hopefully I will be able to stay with the team for a long time”, he declared excitedly.
Formula E, in just one point
For its part, the Formula E championship is tremendously even, with Jake Dennis and Nick Cassidy separated by just one point. The Briton took the lead in the last race held in Portland and has shaved a total of 26 points from the New Zealander in the last three rounds. Therefore, a fast-paced finish between the two pilots, which also includes another guest.
And it is that Pascal Wehrlain is in third position, 16 points behind Jake, but with an irregular finish after a sixth and an eighth place in the last two races, which made him lose the lead. However, the German is not worried. “I will start to worry about the points in London. It makes no sense before that, the situation is still tight. This can change again in a single race. Portland was a setback. But we will work even harder as a team to have another successful weekend”, he explains.
The first outcome of the championship will be held in Rome (Saturday and Sunday, at 15:03 on Eurosport2), with a 3,385-kilometre circuit, one of the longest on the Formula E calendar. The track has 19 curves, but also long straights that will allow drivers the opportunity to get overtaking. “There is only one strategy for Rome: full attack”, explains Florian Modlinge, head of Porsche.