PUEBLA POINTS FOR MITCH EVANS AND JAGUAR RACING IN MEXICO

21 June 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, climbed nine places in the second Puebla E-Prix race, finishing in the points for the second day in a row.

  • Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, climbed nine places in round nine of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, to bring home more points
  • Sam Bird gained three places to come through the field and finish twelfth
  • Mitch Evans is third equal in the Drivers’ Standings, twelve points behind championship leader, Eduardo Mortara, while teammate Sam Bird is in twelfth
  • Jaguar Racing move to third in the Teams’ World Championship, just four points behind current leader Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team and only one point behind second place team, DS Techeetah
  • Rounds ten and eleven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place in New York City on Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July.

The start of the ninth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Mexico saw Mitch Evans gain four places, while Sam Bird gained three places off the line. Mitch started in eighteenth on the grid after finishing second in group one qualifying. With overnight rain, the track evolution penalised the championship leaders in group one.

The Kiwi navigated his way through the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed circuit, showing the pace and efficiency of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. He would eventually finish the Puebla race in ninth after making critical overtakes on Stoffel Vandoorne and Sebastian Buemi.

The Jaguar duo of Evans and Bird, worked closely together throughout the race to maximise points for the team. Bird, who started in fifteenth after a challenging qualifying session, finished the race in twelfth, just outside of the points. The Brit had a tough final 25 minutes after a collision with Lucas Di Grassi half way through the race.

The Jaguar Racing team leave central America ready to take on the streets of New York City – which is a happy hunting ground for both drivers.

Mitch Evans is joint third in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship, twelve points behind championship leader, Eduardo Mortara, and teammate Sam Bird is in twelfth.

PUEBLA E-PRIX - ROUND NINE
PUEBLA E-PRIX - ROUND NINE
PUEBLA E-PRIX - ROUND NINE

Well done to Mitch and Sam for battling through the field today. We feel we deserved a bit more from the weekend but we are still in the hunt for both championships. As we saw today one good weekend can move you to the top of the standings when you take the advantage from a later qualifying group.

James Barclay
Team Director Jaguar Racing

The race today was really tough. We started in P18 and the target was to get into the top ten and we did exactly that, we got points. We had a great start – I passed four cars on the first lap and I started making my way forward. I made some good moves but it was extremely difficult as the track was breaking up a lot, so offline it was extremely slippery and to manage the rear tyre was challenging. It’s really hard and tiring starting at the back of the grid each race, but that’s the price you pay for being high up in the driver standings. It was a lot of work for a few points but we leave Mexico happy and ready for New York.

Mitch Evans
#20 Jaguar Racing driver

This championship is very challenging at times and for the last two races I’ve been in one of those tough periods. The key is consistency but today I got taken out again, through no fault of my own. One win and you can be leading the championship – you just need to make sure you put a few good races together and you’ll succeed. It is now time to focus on New York – a track I really like – let’s hope we get a clean run, can execute a great race and get some good points.

Sam Bird
#10 Jaguar Racing driver
PUEBLA E-PRIX - ROUND NINE

Rounds ten and eleven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place on the streets of New York on Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July 2021.

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 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.