Panasonic Jaguar Racing secures a double points finish in trying conditions in Saudi Arabia
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Panasonic Jaguar Racing started season five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with a double points finish in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
After battling unseasonal wet weather throughout the
weekend, both drivers Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr recovered their races to
secure the team’s first points of the season. In the team standings, Panasonic
Jaguar Racing sit fifth with 13 points.
After a tough qualifying session where both Mitch and Nelson
couldn’t post a hot lap thanks to a red flag, both put into a strong showing as
they fought their way through a congested field. Team Director James Barclay
said it was a good start to the season despite enduring a compromised
qualifying session. He added:
“Mitch drove a smart race and showed the speed and
efficiency of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3. Fourth place today after starting eighth
shows we had a competitive package and executed a good race strategy.
“It’s a shame that we were disadvantaged as a team after the
red flag error in qualifying, but I think we recovered well as a team and
should take the positives of turning our fortunes around with a solid points
finish. Our focus now shifts towards getting onto the podium in Marrakesh.”
Starting in eighth, Mitch proved his pace and used the new
Attack Mode boost to his advantage, which gives drivers an additional 25kW of power
for a few laps, to make up four places during the race, narrowly missing out on
a podium finish.
“It is a shame not to give the team the podium they deserved
but we were hampered by some bad luck in qualifying,” he adds. “I’ll now work
with the team in the simulator ahead of Marrakesh to build on this result.”
Nelson was also in a positive mood, saying: “Getting a point
is better than nothing but I felt we could have done better. We have learned
more about the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 today, which we will put to good use in
The next race is on 12 January as 11 teams battle for the
top step of the podium on the streets of Marrakesh, Morocco.
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
saw Mitch’s brother Simon win the inaugural round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
Leading from the first lap the New Zealander held off the challenge
from American Bryan Sellers and Brazilian Sergio Jimenez. Jaguar’s VIP driver,
former Formula Renault champion Alice Powell finished fifth and was one of three
women drivers to become the first to race against men in Saudi Arabia. While Katherine
Legge recorded the fastest lap of the race.
Team Asia New Zealand’s Simon Evans said: “It feels amazing
to win the race from pole to flag – it’s very special. It wasn’t an easy race
as the pack is incredibly close. The very first win is the one everyone wants
and hopefully we can continue the momentum to the next race in Mexico.”