Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna is remaining upbeat in spite of a difficult first season in the FIA Formula E championship that has seen him finish no higher than fifth in the opening eight rounds.
Senna joined Mahindra alongside former Hispania F1 teammate Karun Chandhok for the inaugural season of the electric-powered series, and has led the team’s charge to rank tenth in the drivers’ standings.
Speaking to the official Formula E website, Senna admitted that his first year in the championship had not gone entirely to plan and that the title was out of reach, but he feels that the underlying pace shown by Mahindra has been impressive.
“Well, it’s mathematically possible,” Senna said when asked about his title aspirations. “It’s a bit too far from us unfortunately.
“We’ve had a few too many losses not through our fault. Whenever we had a race that we actually competed in, we were very competitive.
“So we did some good comeback races and drives through the field, so I think in that sense we’re looking good, but we need to put everything together to be able to be on the podium and on the top step of the podium in the future.”
Senna also said that he hoped to see a round in Brazil join the Formula E calendar in the not-too-distant future following the success of compatriots Nelson Piquet Jr and Lucas di Grassi at the top of the standings.
“We need a few Brazilian drivers who are winning, which we already have,” Senna said. “Obviously we need a race in Brazil, so let’s work for that.”
The penultimate round of the Formula E season takes place next weekend in Moscow, Russia, ahead of the final double-header round in London at the end of June.
Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.
Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.
“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”
While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.
His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.
“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”
Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.