Jaguar narrowly misses out on maiden Formula E points in Buenos Aires
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll took the positives out of a mixed Formula E weekend in Buenos Aires that saw the team narrowly miss out on its maiden top-10 finish in the series.
Jaguar entered Formula E at the beginning of its third season, starting with the Hong Kong ePrix in October, but failed to score any points in its opening two events.
Evans set the tone for a breakthrough weekend for Jaguar in qualifying, topping Q1 and only being knocked out of the Super Pole places at the final moments of the group stages.
The New Zealander started the race seventh and remained inside the top 10 for much of the race, only for a five second penalty for speeding under a full course caution and late energy management issues to cause him to drop back to 13th at the flag.
“If you look at the bigger picture, I’ve got to be satisfied with today,” Evans said after the race.
“Qualifying was great, to be honest, I topped the group. If you ask me or the whole team if this would have happened after Marrakesh, we would have taken it with both hands. So it was a great confidence boost for everyone.
“We’ve been targeting qualifying just to get some track position for the race, and we proved that we’re going in the right direction with that. We’ll try and keep that consistent now.
“The race was going great until the pit stop, some were going longer, some were going same as me which allowed me to stay there a bit. I was feeling great. I hit my energy targets every lap. Second stint I really struggled for some reason. It’s something we’re going to look into.
“So it slipped away from me, the points just on the last lap. I was really on the edge of energy. I came out across the start/finish line on zero.”
Evans said that the result and performance proved that Jaguar can fight on-track with many of its seasoned rivals, offering the team a boost.
“I think as I said it’s been a good confidence boost for everyone. We know we can race with these guys, it’s just about refining everything now,” Evans said.
“On that second stint we’ve got to be a bit more aggressive on energy. Whether we can just extract a bit more out of the car and I can do a better job, let’s see.
“Overall it’s really encouraging for everyone, and I can’t wait for Mexico now.”
In the sister Jaguar I-Type, Carroll struggled with the setup on his car in qualifying and suffered an issue at the start that meant he was unable to pull away, resigning the Briton to P17 at the flag.
“Mitch did a brilliant job. It’s nice to see that he really got a lap out of it and it put him in a good position,” Carroll said.
“Personally I’m disappointed with the way it went for me. We’re normally pretty close, but it’s very encouraging for the team and for the future.”
Jaguar’s hunt for points will continue at the Mexico City ePrix on April 1.