Nick Heidfeld says he was surprised to finish third at the SWUSP Beijing ePrix on Saturday in the opening round of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship.
Heidfeld crashed in the final lap of the same race in 2014, but this time managed to claim a podium place despite a slow pitstop in the middle of the race.
The former Formula One driver finished just seconds behind winner Sebastion Buemi, of Renault e.Dams, and runner up Lucas di Grassi, of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.
Dragon Racing drivers Loic Duval and Jerome D’Ambroisio went on to claim third and fourth place respectively.
“I couldn’t be more happy for the whole team. We worked hard over the summer and it was a very tight race,” he told the official Formula E website
“The Dragon guys behind me in the end did one lap more on the first stint so they had more power and I had to defend.
“It was really exciting, especially on the last lap and I at least managed not to crash on the last lap this time!
“We expected the two teams that finished ahead of us to be there, but at least it’s only two cars and not four.
“We also expected some others to be very close or maybe ahead. We couldn’t have wished for more.”
The Mahindra Racing driver, who was in second place when he pitted, also explained what had caused the delay during the stop.
“We had problems with my belts on the left hand side. We couldn’t eject them properly so this is why I lost two positions unfortunately.”
Heidfeld will hope to continue his good performance at the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia on November 7.