Panasonic Jaguar Racing targets podium finishes for the new Formula E season
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The fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship begins this week in Saudi Arabia, as Panasonic Jaguar Racing set their sights on a podium finish.
With the team entering its third season on the grid,
optimism is high with everybody in the paddock keen to build on a strong second
year in the sport.
With sights set firmly on a podium finish in Riyadh, Team
Director James Barclay says: “We have combined the learnings from our first two
seasons to make sure our powertrain is as competitive as possible, hopefully
putting us in a great place heading into the opening E-Prix.
“I’m optimistic we have the right team and the right cars to
secure points and fight for podiums at every race.”
Nelson Piquet Jr was also full of optimism and determination
ahead of the new season, with the Brazilian aiming to build on the team’s
progress by pushing on to win more points.
“Mitch and I have been working very hard in the off-season
to get up to speed with the Jaguar I-TYPE 3,” he adds. “We are both ready to
race and can’t wait to get the season under way.”
New Zealander Mitch Evans says he is happy with the way
pre-season has gone and is gearing up for another season where he hopes to add
to the podium finish he had in Hong Kong.
He adds: “The competition in the Formula E Championship
continues to grow each season, but the work the team have put in and the
advancements to the car will put us in a good position to be a front-running
team this season.”
Riyadh is one of three new locations hosting its first ever
E-Prix, alongside Monaco and Sanya, China. The race format has changed with each
race lasting 45 minutes – which makes strategizing more difficult and
Even the cars are all new. Panasonic Jaguar Racing has
developed and built its own powertrain in-house, making the new I-TYPE 3 25
percent more powerful than its predecessor. Find out more about the I-TYPE 3.
Supporting 10 out of the 13 Formula E races will be a new support
series, which will see a grid of Jaguar I-PACEs compete in the world’s first
international championship for production-based electric cars. The series has
been developed to showcase the link between Jaguar’s involvement in Formula E,
and the development of road cars and the future of electrification. Read the
Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race preview here.
FanBoost for the first race in Riyadh is now open, so take a
moment to show your support for either Mitch or Nelson. Each vote counts, as
the top five drivers will benefit from an extra boost in the final 25 minutes
of the race, which could prove vital in helping the team secure a podium.