Panasonic Jaguar Racing endures a frustrating weekend in Marrakesh
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Panasonic Jaguar Racing endured a frustrating weekend in Morocco as an unfortunate first corner incident halted the team’s push for a podium finish.
Starting the weekend off well, both Mitch Evans and Nelson
Piquet Jr. showed great pace during the free practice sessions as New Zealand
driver set a new circuit record during Free Practice 2.
Their form continued into qualifying, as both drivers put in
a stellar performance to secure place in the top ten. Nelson managed to get ninth
on the grid, while Mitch found himself starting in fifth place, after BMW i
Andretti Motorsports António Félix da Costa incurred a penalty.
With good starting positions, the team was confident of a strong
race, but those dreams were quickly extinguished at the first corner, when DS
Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne spun causing chaos as other drivers avoided making
contact. As a result, both Mitch and Nelson lost numerous places and spent the
rest of the race trying to salvage the race weekend.
In the end, Mahindra Racing’s Jerome D’Ambroiso took the
chequered flag and his first Formula E win of his career. Meanwhile, Mitch
managed to fight his way through the field to secure a ninth place finish and win
some valuable points, while Nelson gained five places to finish in 14thposition.
Speaking after the race, Team Director James Barclay couldn’t hide his
frustration at what appeared to be a missed opportunity.
“We will leave Marrakesh frustrated, he said. “ We had a car
capable of being on the podium today. Unfortunately, Jean-Eric Vergne’s move
into turn one was never going to work. It is a real shame that someone else’s
actions took us out of contention for the podium this time.
“But the positive we take away is that we have fast race car
and as a team we have podium pace.”
Mitch was also in reflective mood after the race,
contemplating what might have been, adding:
“Today was one of those days – the incident on the first
corner forced me to go wide and I lost ten position. It’s something out of our
control and very frustrating. The luck isn’t rolling with us at the moment.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing will be heading to Santiago, Chile
in a couple of weeks to see if they put a frustrating weekend in Morocco behind
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