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Mahindra to race with fan-designed Formula E livery again in season four

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The Mahindra Formula E team has confirmed it will continue to race with a fan-designed livery through the all-electric series’ fourth season.

Mahindra launched its ‘Driven by Design’ competition ahead of Formula E’s third season, with a livery design created by Spanish fan Adria Haro Jorba adorning its M3Electro car en route to third place in the teams’ championship.

After debuting the new M4Electro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, Mahindra has confirmed it will once again feature a fan livery through its new competition.

“The enthusiasm of our Passioneers during previous #DrivenbyDesign contests encouraged us to give them yet another opportunity to showcase their design flair and creativity,” Mahindra team boss Dilbagh Gill said.

“The entire Mahindra Racing team can’t wait to see what they come up with for the livery our new M4Electro race car.”

As well as having their design feature on Mahindra’s car through season four, the winning fan will also get a visit to the Pininfarina design studio in Turin, Italy, where they will spend a day with a chief livery designer.

More details can be found at drivenbydesign.mahindrafe.com, but all entries must be submitted by September 18.

The new Formula E season kicks off in Hong Kong on December 2.

Heidfeld confirms Formula E return for season three

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Nick Heidfeld has confirmed he will return to Formula E for its third season starting in Hong Kong on October 9, but his team is still to be announced.

Heidfeld has raced in Formula E from its inception in 2014, representing Venturi in season one before moving to Mahindra for the second campaign.

With Mahindra, Heidfeld picked up his first Formula E podium in Beijing and finished the season 10th in the drivers’ championship.

In an interview with the official Formula E website, Heidfeld confirmed he’d be returning to the series for its third season, but could not confirm with which team.

“Yes, definitely but I cannot tell you where yet, it hasn’t been confirmed,” Heidfeld said.

“Expect to see my face again.”

Heidfeld is widely expected to return with Mahindra for season three, but the Indian outfit is yet to finalize its line-up. Bruno Senna is set to leave after two seasons, freeing up a seat with the team.

Reflecting on his season, Heidfeld revealed he is still adjusting to life in Formula E and getting used to the capabilities of the teams and technology.

“I’ve had a long career and I try to learn each day, each race, and each team,” Heidfeld said.

“It’s one thing I am still trying to figure out actually after I came out of Formula 1; I tried not to go into any teams with such high expectation as you can be spoiled in F1 as the teams have so much money and resources.

“In Formula E I try to push the team a lot and give a lot of ideas to push the team forward but on the other side I know that if I am being realistic, I can’t expect them to do everything I ask for.

“I am still learning how much and how far to push because it has not only happened once where I thought I will give them the main points to focus on and then you go to the next race and a mistake happens that you knew before could happen and you didn’t mention it because you thought it was too much.”

Senna, Chandhok reunited as teammates, now with Mahindra for FE

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The year was 2010. Hispania Racing Team was a new entrant into Formula One, and Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok were its drivers.

Fast-forward four years to 2014 and today, a new series, the FIA Formula E championship, will have Senna and Chandhok on the grid as teammates once again. This time, they’ll swap the Spanish operation for the Indian Mahindra Racing team.

“Karun and Bruno both represent the perfect balance between experience and youthful enthusiasm for this truly ground breaking championship,” said team principal Dilbagh Gill.

Both drivers are 30 and at the end of their proverbial single-seater careers; neither has driven a Grand Prix since 2012 (Senna with Williams). Both spend their summer months in sports cars, as Senna will line up with a GTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage and Chandhok the Murphy Prototypes LMP2 ORECA 03 Nissan in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The inaugural FE season starts in September.

Chandhok looks forward to the reunion, one which got cut short in 2010 as financial woes required a midseason driver change at HRT (Sakon Yamamoto and Christian Klien took over that car).

“To be a part of the only Indian team in this series is a real honor for me,” Chandhok said in a team release. “It’s also going to be a nice reunion for me with Bruno again. He’s one of my closest friends from the racing world; we respect each other and work well together which will be good for the development of the team.”

Added Senna, “There is a real ambition within the team to be leaders in Formula E from the start. Of course, I already have a great relationship with Karun which will help us work together and move the team forward very quickly.”