- Jaguar Racing leave Rome leading the ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ and Drivers’ World Championships after a successful double-header weekend
- The second race of the Rome E-Prix saw Jaguar Racing continue their point scoring run with Mitch Evans finishing a solid sixth
- Brit, Sam Bird’s race ended in a final-lap collision with Nyck De Vries and Oliver Rowland
- Sam Bird leads the Drivers’ Championship with 43 points and teammate Mitch Evans follows in a close second with 39 points
- Jaguar Racing lead the Teams’ World Championship by 17 points ahead of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team
- The lights turn green for the fifth and sixth rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on 24 & 25 April 2021 on the Valencian Ricardo Tormo circuit, Spain
The second Rome E-Prix race saw Jaguar Racing continue their point scoring run with Mitch Evans finishing a solid sixth. The Kiwi qualified in twelfth and was able to slice his way through the pack, gaining six places. Evans made decisive overtakes throughout the race and showed the strong pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 with a final overtake of Antonio Felix Da Costa, the reigning Formula E champion.
Sam Bird also had a good start to the day after topping group one with his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 in a rain affected qualifying session. Starting eleventh on the grid, the Brit demonstrated skills and speed throughout the race before the Safety Car was deployed with eight minutes to go. As the green flag fell for the final lap of the race, an intense one lap shoot-out ended when Nyck De Vries collided with Sam, taking them both out of the race.
ROME E-PRIX - ROUND FOUR
Sam Bird now leads the Drivers’ World Championship by 43 points with teammate Mitch Evans following in a close second with 39 points.
Jaguar Racing lead the Teams’ World Championship by 17 points ahead of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.
We’ve had a very good weekend here in Rome. Our first double podium yesterday was a great result and we followed this up with good points for the team today too. Our qualifying performance was really strong, given the mixed weather conditions, and Mitch had a really polished drive through the field. It is a shame that Sam was taken out late in the race as we could have scored even more points including the fastest lap. If it wasn’t for that late Safety Car I think it would have been a really interesting finish as we were doing really well on energy management. We leave Rome in a great position leading both the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship and we’re very much looking forward to racing again in just two weeks’ time in Valencia.
Team Director, Jaguar Racing:
JAGUAR RACING LEAVE ROME LEADING THE TEAMS AND 1-2 IN THE DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Today’s race pace was strong, I had good energy in comparison to some of the cars ahead but the late Safety Car unfortunately meant that we couldn’t challenge for the podium. Overall we’ve scored good points this weekend and to get this result - leading the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship is really positive. It’s great to start the season like this but we can’t get complacent. We know we need to go back to base, do our homework to try and be competitive in Valencia too.”
Jaguar Racing driver, #20
ROME E-PRIX - ROUND FOUR
Overall a very positive weekend for Jaguar Racing. Today wasn’t ideal for me, with the collision, but we we were in the points until the very end, showing that we do have the pace. We are leading the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship which is amazing and we’ll work hard now to continue to learn, grow and we’ll keep going forwards.
Jaguar Racing driver, #10
The lights turn green for the fifth and sixth rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on 24 and 25 April 2021 on the Valencian Ricardo Tormo circuit, Spain.