Mahindra Racing withdraws from Cape Town Formula E due to rear suspension concerns
Formula E racing Team Mahindra has withdrawn from the Cape Town race owing to rear suspension concerns.
In a major setback to its championship hopes, Mahindra Racing on Saturday withdrew from the Formula E race here on Saturday due to safety concerns over rear suspension.
Mahindra made the decision during the qualifying ahead of the Cape Town E-Prix, and following practice, where its driver Lucas di Grassi had pulled off the circuit with a broken rear suspension.
The Indian manufacturer made the decision on safety grounds pending further investigation into the exact cause of the problem.
It is the first time Mahindra has had to pull out from the race in the championship. Mahindra has been part of Formula E since the inaugural season in 2014.
Customer team ABT CUPRA, which also runs the M9Electro, has also withdrawn from the weekend.
"Mahindra Racing have confirmed their withdrawal from the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship qualifying sessions and the Cape Town E-Prix Round 5 due to rear suspension safety concerns," said Mahindra in a statement.
"A thorough investigation on the suspension elements of the Mahindra M9Electro race cars will take place on the team’s return to the UK. "The safety of the drivers and extended teams is of utmost importance at this point in time."
Mahindra had registered a podium finish in the season opener in Mexico before Oliver Rowland finished sixth in the home race in Hyderabad earlier this month. The Indian outfit lies seventh in the team standings.