- Panasonic Jaguar Racing continue to show progress and speed of Jaguar I-TYPE 2
- Mitch Evans’ valuable points retain fifth place for the British team
Zurich, Switzerland, Sunday 10 June – Mitch Evans today secured Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s debut pole position during the inaugural Zurich E-Prix.
After setting the fastest time in qualifying the young Kiwi driver kept his cool during the Superpole shoot-out to secure the Julius Baer Pole Position trophy and three valuable points. His teammate Nelson Piquet Jr started in P11 on the grid.
Following a strong start to the race Mitch pulled clear of the field before being caught and passed by eventual winner Lucas Di Grassi. A Full Course Yellow ultimately scuppered Mitch’s chances of a podium as he was among a number of drivers who were penalised with a drive through penalty. He finished the historic Swiss race in seventh. Jaguar retain fifth position in the Team Standings.
Nelson suffered early contact and damage forced him to pit early for repairs. Following his car change he was a lap down from the leaders which led to his retirement.
James Barclay, Team Director Panasonic Jaguar Racing: “It has been fantastic to be part of a series that has brought motor racing back to Switzerland after 64 years. Panasonic Jaguar Racing made history here in Zurich as we secured our first Pole Position in Formula E demonstrating the speed the team has which is a real positive to take to the final two races in New York.”
“Mitch had a good start to the race and along with a number of drivers was penalised under the Full Course Yellow, which comprised his race. He brought the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 home and delivered more points for the team. A slightly frustrating end result but we know we have a good car which can deliver points for the team.”
Mitch Evans, #20: “Securing our first Formula E Pole Position gave the team a real lift and shows how far we have come. Unfortunately the race did not play out as we had hoped. In New York we will try hard and deliver more points to finish the season off well.”
Nelson Piquet Jr, #3: “The chicane traffic caused damage to the car which ultimately led to my retirement. The beginning of the season has been good however a mixture of bad luck and incidents have been disappointing in recent races. With two races to go in New York we’ll try to deliver more points for the team.”
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