DONINGTON PARK – Mahindra Racing has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will race for the team in the second FIA Formula E season alongside the retained Bruno Senna.
Heidfeld raced for Venturi in season one, scoring one podium finish en route to 12th place in the drivers’ championship.
However, the German driver opted to cut ties with the team at the end of the season and join Mahindra after a successful private test for the Indian team in Spain.
“Yeah, very happy,” Heidfeld told MotorSportsTalk. “Looking forward to the season of course. I think Mahindra has done a good job, good preparation with the changes they have done for season two.
“But at the moment it is all guessing. We will all be here at Donington testing for the first time together, and the proper results we will probably only have after Beijing, after race one.
“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to it and I’m hoping of course to be very successful. The technical package and all the little puzzle parts, you think about and are important in motorsport, speaking to various teams, I believe that Mahindra can be the best choice.”
Heidfeld was welcomed to the team by boss Dilbagh Gill, who was impressed by the German’s efforts during testing in Spain in the off-season.
“I am very proud to welcome Nick to the Mahindra Racing family,” Gill said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the team and we were impressed with his performances in the inaugural Formula E season.
“Nick has also been an integral part of testing the M2Electro with our team. Mahindra Racing is targeting top results this season and with over 2,000km of pre-season testing successfully completed, we are confident we are giving Nick the car to do it.
“We have been particularly impressed with how quickly he has got up to speed with the technical aspects of the car, as well as the gains we have made in its refinement since he joined us.”
Heidfeld replaces Karun Chandhok at Mahindra, who has left Formula E to concentrate on sportscar racing.
Pre-season testing kicks off at Donington Park on Monday, with both Heidfeld and Senna set to get behind the wheel of the Mahindra car.