JAGUAR RACING RETURN TO MONACO READY TO ELECTRIFY LEGENDARY STREET CIRCUIT

4 May 2021

  • Jaguar Racing drivers Mitch Evans and Sam Bird race on the full grand prix layout for the first time in Formula E history
  • Currently sitting second in the ABB FIA Formula E Teams’ World Championship, Jaguar Racing aim to bolster their points around the iconic Monégasque‎ circuit
  • The team will take to the streets of Monte Carlo - first used for a race in 1929 – for round seven on Saturday 8 May 2021 at 16:00 (CET)

Jaguar Racing Formula E team return to the streets of Monte Carlo for the bi-annual Monaco E-Prix on Saturday 8 May 2021 and are eager - for the first time in Formula E history - to race on the full grand prix layout.

Jaguar Racing drivers Sam Bird and Mitch Evans will race on the full, fast and narrow street circuit - a challenge both drivers are thrilled to be taking on. Sam and Mitch have tasted success before when they were both on the podium together in the 2013 Monaco GP2 series race with Bird taking the victory on the day. Having previously scored points in Formula E races around the iconic Monégasque‎ circuit, Bird and Evans aim to push for points in the 45 minute + 1 lap E-Prix.

After six races of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Jaguar Racing are currently second in the teams’ championship just 23 points behind German rival team, Mercedes-EQ. Heading to Monaco, the British outfit are determined to place both Jaguar I-TYPE 5s back in the points.

New for the Monaco E-Prix, Jaguar Racing will be running the I-TYPE 5 with a livery update as partner, Castrol, unveils ‘Castrol ON’ branding. With a long-term partnership between Castrol and Jaguar Racing, Castrol ON is the official e-Fluids partner for the Jaguar Racing Formula E Team. Castrol ON is an advanced range of e-Fluids that have a critical role to play in the era of e-Mobility and the on-track performance of the team.

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The antipation and excitement you feel as a race team heading to Monaco never fades. The circuit is legendary and we will be making Formula E history once again this year as we race on the full iconic circuit layout for the first time with our all-electric race cars. We have worked hard and been extremely disciplined in our preparations for the Monaco E-Prix. We were unfortunate not to score points in Valencia but are now completely focussed on getting the most out of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 around Monaco and returning to points scoring positions.

James Barclay
Team Director Jaguar Racing

The Monaco track is something as a racing driver you never tire of. I can’t wait to return to the Monte Carlo streets and to be racing for the first time in Formula E history on the full layout is a big moment for the sport. From my perspective, this season I’ve tasted points, podiums and a win with Jaguar Racing and we are very focussed to place ourselves back in a similar position this weekend.

Sam Bird
#10 Jaguar Racing driver

It’s always a great feeling to be back racing around the streets of Monaco and given this is where I live, it is an extra special race for me. We’ve managed to score points here in the past and knowing what results we’ve achieved this season, we will be pushing to have a strong race and putting the team back into the points again.

Mitch Evans
#20 Jaguar Racing driver

Round seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place in principality of Monaco on Saturday 8 May 2021 at 16:00 (CET).

Further information

For further information about Jaguar Racing, please contact:

Adrian Atkinson, Global PR and Communications Manager, Jaguar Racing

Tel: +44 (0) 7979 554005

Email: aatkins5@jaguarlandrover.com

 

Emily Hogg, Global Brand and Partnerships Officer, Jaguar Racing

Tel: + 44 (0) 7384 532 605

Email: ehogg2@jaguarlandrover.com

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 World 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. In September 2020, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship was also certified with a net zero carbon footprint from inception - the first global sport to achieve this. This season will be the third year for the teams to be racing with the futuristic Gen2 racecars.

Teams have two racecars, 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. 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.