The Indian producer grounded all 4 automobiles throughout qualifying; Nico Muller, Oliver Rowland, Lucas di Grassi and Kelvin van der Linde didn’t depart the storage at any level as Mahindra assessed its choices to find out if it might participate.
It was later confirmed that Mahindra wouldn’t proceed with the weekend in Cape City, citing that it had issues in regards to the integrity of its rear suspension package deal – which it additionally provides to the Abt squad as a part of its related powertrain deal.
“Mahindra Racing System E group have confirmed their withdrawal from the ABB FIA System E World Championship qualifying classes and race in Cape City as a result of rear suspension security issues,” the group acknowledged on Twitter.
“An intensive investigation on the suspension components of the Mahindra M9Electro race automobiles will happen on the group’s return to the UK. This determination additionally impacts their buyer team Abt Motorsport.
“The protection of our drivers and prolonged groups is of utmost significance.”
Kelvin van der Linde, ABT CUPRA System E Staff, M9Electro
Picture by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images
Abt revealed an equivalent assertion, and the withdrawal of each groups signifies that a most of 18 automobiles will take to the beginning of the inaugural race in Cape City.
This can be a bitter blow to van der Linde, who had been the main focus of native consideration forward of his residence race in South Africa.
The group contended with suspension points in the course of the opening apply session, with van der Linde and di Grassi each coming to a cease on the finish of FP1.
Di Grassi acknowledged over the radio that his rear suspension had damaged, however was in a position to pull up on the Flip 4/5 chicane amid a crimson flag introduced out for the stranded van der Linde, who had come to a halt at Flip 7.
Mahindra is presently seventh within the groups’ championship with 26 factors, courtesy of di Grassi’s third place in Mexico and a sixth-placed end for Rowland in Hyderabad.
Abt, in the meantime, has been up to now unable to get off the mark having began the season behind its rivals – as van der Linde was as a result of proceed his cowl for the injured Robin Frijns.