The Panasonic Jaguar Racing endured a frustrating weekend in Paris as the team failed to score a point in the latest round of the ABB Formula E season.
Racing on the shortest circuit in the calendar, Mitch Evans
and Nelson Piquet Jr couldn’t continue their scoring run in the tight streets
of central Paris. Both endured a tough start to the weekend with Nelson
damaging his car in the practice sessions, and despite a huge effort from the
team to replace the car’s monocoque in a matter of hours, he was unable to
compete in qualifying and started 18th on the grid.
Mitch managed to get grab 12th, but was penalised with a
10-place penalty thanks to a precautionary gearbox change saw him start from
the back of the grid. For the second race running Nelson had seatbelt issues
with his Jaguar I-TYPE 2 after the mandatory car change, while Mitch started
well before getting caught up in an accident on lap one, which required a nose
change, before bringing his car home fifteenth.
Mitch added: “Today looked better after practice but
qualifying was a bit of a challenge. The pace was strong, stronger than some of
the guys at the front but it didn’t go in our favour. The pace is there so
let’s start afresh in Berlin.”
Team Director James Barclay said it had been a challenging
weekend for everyone and that the team did a tremendous job getting both cars
on the grid, before concluding that the accidents and the grid penalty
seriously compromised the team’s race weekend and opportunity to win more
Panasonic Jaguar Racing head to Germany next for the Berlin
E-Prix on 19 May, with Nelson and Mitch ranked seventh and eighth in the
driver’s championship, while the team remains fifth in the standings.
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