PODIUM FINISH FOR MITCH EVANS & JAGUAR RACING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX

26 February 2021

Jaguar Racing today returned to the podium at the opening race of season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. New Zealander, Mitch Evans secured a third place finish after qualifying sixth having made it through to Super Pole. Mitch demonstrated the pace and efficiency of the new Jaguar I-TYPE 5 with some decisive overtakes over his rivals.

  • Mitch Evans puts Jaguar back on the podium at the opening round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5
  • Evans secured 15 points on the streets of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia at Formula E’s first ever night race
  • Sam Bird’s strong debut with Jaguar Racing before a collision with Alex Lynn caused an early retirement
  • Jaguar Racing sits third in the ABB FIA Formula E teams’ championship
  • The lights turn green for the second night race of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship tomorrow, 27 February 2021 at 20:00 AET

The Kiwi had a great start to the race, moving from sixth to fifth off the line. He moved into fourth position after Eduardo Mortara took ATTACK MODE and managed to hold onto the position by overtaking Pascal Werhlein. With two minutes to go before the end of the race, Evans made a decisive overtake on Rene Rast to secure a solid third and 15 points for the British team.

After qualifying eighth, Sam had a great start to the race and was showing very strong pace. With 25 minutes left of the race Bird had a collision with Mahindra’s Alex Lynn which resulted in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 needing to pit. Bird returned to track in P23 before the team decided to retire the racecar ahead of round 2 tomorrow.

PODIUM FINISH FOR MITCH EVANS & JAGUAR RACING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX
JAGUAR RACING - DIRIYAH E-PRIX
PODIUM FINISH FOR MITCH EVANS & JAGUAR RACING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX

Fantastic to start the year with a podium for all the team at Jaguar Racing - a great podium for Mitch in third. He drove a really strong race today and the team delivered a fantastic strategy to get him onto the podium. The car looked really fast in race trim which is really exciting as it shows the potential is there. Mitch delivered an extremely polished performance with some fantastic over-taking moves. He took his opportunities and he made the moves stick. I’m really proud of all the hard work the team have put in and to come away with a podium in the first race shows that we’ve got a really competitive racecar in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. We’re disappointed with how the race ended for Sam - he was looking really strong, made some great overtakes and was moving into a very good position to attack the end of the race. We’ll take a lot of learning from today and we’ll push for more points tomorrow.

James Barclay
Team Director, Jaguar Racing

A great start to our world championship campaign. I got a position at the start which was great. The long safety cars made it a little nervewracking as I had to save my ATTACK MODEs until the end of the race. It was a shame as I hoped we could have a double points finish for Jaguar Racing. Overall it was a great result for the team, I’m very proud and we really deserve a result like this. They’ve worked so hard and we’re looking forward to tomorrow. Racing under the lights for the first time was also amazing, it felt great from the cockpit with the halo illuminated and I really hope the fans at home enjoyed it too.

Mitch Evans
Jaguar Racing driver, #20

The first half of the race was going really well, I was saving a lot of energy and making my way up through the pack with some decent moves. I’m gutted that the first race of the season ended like this but we look at the negatives, take them and try and improve them. It’s amazing that Mitch secured a podium today, it’s great for the team and we know that the Jaguar is fast. There are still a lot of positives to take away from this evening and we’ll now work on getting ready for tomorrow.

Sam Bird
Jaguar Racing driver, #10
JAGUAR RACING - DIRIYAH E-PRIX

Lights go green tomorrow at 20:00 (AST) for race two of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Further information

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Notes to Editors

ABOUT JAGUAR RACING

Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.

Formula E is a real-world test bed for Jaguar with its Race To Innovate mission in the future of electrification.

As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension.

To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles.

The 2020/21 Formula E season is the first as the all-electric series has been granted full world championship status by the FIA – the sport’s governing body. It will be the third year for the teams to be racing with the futuristic Gen2 race cars.

Teams have two race cars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance.

Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities including Santiago, Diriyah, Rome, Paris, Monaco, New York and ending in a double-header race weekend in London.  

Mitch Evans finished season six seventh in the Drivers' Championship and Jaguar Racing finished seventh in the Teams' Standings with a win in Mexico City, a podium in Santiago and one pole position. He is joined for season seven by British driver Sam Bird, who has won a race in every season of Formula E.

In season seven the championship is official recognised as a world championship by the governing body the FIA. It will be known as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

 

Race to Innovate

Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s Destination Zero journey. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E allows us to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for our Race to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings that will help shape our electric future – a future that Jaguar is passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers.