Mahindra Racing boss Dilbagh Gill says his group “didn’t know how one can win a championship” in Method E’s fourth season, the place its title bid was thwarted by a number of points.
The Indian producer led the 2017/18 groups’ championship after Felix Rosenqvist gained the second race in Hong Kong and took victory on the subsequent race in Marrakesh.
However Rosenqvist, who additionally led the drivers’ championship after Marrakesh, subsequently suffered high-profile retirements whereas main in Mexico and Rome, whereas his teammate Nick Heidfeld endured three consecutive DNFs between Santiago and Punta Del Este.
Mahindra ultimately wound up fourth within the season 4 groups’ championship – one place down on its breakthrough season three end result – and 126 factors behind the title-winning Audi squad.
Gill defined that whereas his group was able to scoring race wins on benefit, it was merely not mature sufficient to string collectively a championship-winning marketing campaign.
“We have now to return to among the stuff we did in season three, [which] was consistency,” Gill advised Motorsport.com.
“One of many drivers could be on the rostrum in each race and now we have to work [back] in direction of that proper now.
“Wins are good however on the similar time we have to take a look at consistency and construct our championship over a time frame.”
“We knew how one can win races, however we didn’t know how one can put a championship collectively.
“So I believe what we’re studying collectively is how we put a championship [run on], how we string races collectively, as a result of we have been sensible in particular person races.
“We’ve additionally augmented the group significantly over the past couple of months by way of having [new] folks.
“So the quantity on strain on the group has lowered barely. And now we have a bit extra time to do work.”
Race winner Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing
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Gill pressured that Mahindra should deal with not shedding floor to rivals within the season 5 in-season software program growth race.
The 2017/18 M4Electro’s efficiency tailed off within the ultimate a part of final season, even because the group managed to repair the reliability points that plagued the center a part of its marketing campaign.
“We began out the gates fairly strongly,” Gill stated.
“The place we [were] additionally [a] bit caught final yr was growth between races and I believe that space we’re going to be focusing lots this yr – that we sustain the tempo of growth in comparison with opponents throughout the season.”