Jaguar Racing today underwent a disappointing end to a chaotic, rain-affected DHL Valencia E-Prix while fighting for valuable points. Having gained crucial experience at the inaugural Formula E race in Spain the British team now concentrate on a positive outcome to tomorrow’s sixth round of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Starting in P17, Mitch Evans fought his way through the wet field and gained seven places to put him in a points scoring position, before an incident with Sette Câmara following the ATTACK MODE zone resulted in the Kiwi having to retire with 15 minutes of the race remaining.
Teammate, Sam Bird, also showed the strong pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 climbing twelve places from P20 to P8, before he was disqualified as the result of the unpredictable energy management of the race which saw multiple incidents and five safety cars being deployed. The laps under the safety car are run at a slower safer speed and the teams under the regulations must reduce their available energy accordingly.
Sam Bird now sits joint third in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship with 43 points. Kiwi, Mitch Evans is fifth in the championship with 39 points.
Jaguar Racing are second in the team standings of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
James Barclay, Team Director, Jaguar Racing: “A chaotic race overall. Ultimately a shame because both Mitch and Sam demonstrated good pace and efficiency and we could have scored good points today, considering where we started. Ultimately, the final energy offset with two laps to go was too much for the majority of the field to finish the race. This is something that all stakeholders should look at to avoid in the future. Positively, we have another race tomorrow and the team are already looking at how we can learn from today to fight for more points tomorrow.”
Sam Bird, Jaguar Racing driver, #10: “The rules are the rules however to do an energy reduction - so extreme - that late on in the race, in very difficult weather conditions, made it impossible for a large number of cars to finish the race. I’m still very confused as I’ve never experienced something like this in my racing career before. However we’ll now focus our efforts on tomorrow and we’ll be pushing for the points again.”
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing driver, #20: “I started in seventeeth and was initially happy to see the rain as it’s always a bit of a curveball. I was making my way forward and had ended up in tenth but after I went for ATTACK MODE I ended up having a collision with Sette Câmara and unfortunately had to retire. It’s a real shame because with the pace we had in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5, I feel I would have made further progress through the field, but we have the opportunity to race again tomorrow.”