Jaguar “went round in circles” to find race-winning performance

Rome victor Mitch Evans says Jaguar Racing “went round in circles” finding the performance that led to their maiden ABB FIA Formula E Championship win.

Evans overtook DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer en route to his first FE win, having not shown leading pace for the majority of the season. After scoring a fourth-place finish in the Ad Diriyah opener, he scored just 24 points since and the team sat eighth in the standings.

He said after the race that Jaguar had been going into the wrong set-up direction and that reverting back has helped Evans found a “sweet spot” again.

“The car’s always been quick. We were in super pole in Marrakesh, quick in the race. Since then we just tried to evolve the car more, and sometimes you go in the wrong direction and do the wrong things,” he told FormulaSpy.

“A few things have changed and we’ve gone back on them, we’ve gone round in circles. It’s been a lot of work since Sanya. Some things work, some things don’t and some take a few races to find out.

“It’s just so competitive you’ve got to find the sweet spot at every track and that’s not easy. I knew from early doors that the car was quick today and I wanted to capitalise on it.

“These cars are not easy to drive so you need some sort of confidence and predictability to be quick, to know what it’s going to do under braking, especially in qualifying when you’ve only got one lap.”

Having now risen to fourth in the drivers’ championship, four points away from leader Jerome d’Ambrosio, Evans believes he and Jaguar can be title contenders.

“If we can maintain that for the rest of the season, there’s many points that are up for grabs. I don’t see why we can’t be contenders.

“Obviously we hope it’s not a one off, I’ve got faith in the guys, the car was consistent all day today.

“We’re going to tracks that historically we’ve been not too bad at and I also enjoy. The championship is so competitive you can never be too sure, let’s take it race by race.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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