MITCH EVANS SECURES HOME RACE PODIUM FOR JAGUAR RACING

25 July 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, secured a home race third-place podium finish after a chaotic Heineken London E-Prix. The Kiwi showed passion, determination and some good fortune as he raced his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 around the twisty London ExCel circuit.

  • Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, secures a third-place podium finish after a chaotic race at the Heineken London E-Prix
  • Sam Bird gained ten places before a collision with Norman Nato took him out of the race and a potential points finish
  • Sam Bird sits third in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, while teammate Mitch Evans is in eighth
  • Jaguar Racing remain third in the teams’ standings with 156 points
  • The Formula E season seven double-header finale takes place at the Berlin Tempelhof circuit on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August 2021

Mitch Evans started the race in fifth after he made it through to Super Pole by qualifying second. Mitch held position for the first half of the race, defending from the BMW Andretti driver, Maximillian Gunther. With 21 minutes remaining, a collision with Gunther cost the Kiwi his front wing but he was fortunate to be able to continue. Mitch executed a fantastic overtake on Robin Frijns to take the final spot on the podium. The third-place finish marks the first podium on home soil for Jaguar in 30 years.

Sam Bird had a second tough day of qualifying and lined up twenty-first on the grid. The Brit showed the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 by carving his way through the pack and gaining ten places, before a collision with Norman Nato ended his race in a dramatic Heineken London E-Prix.

Sam Bird sits third in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship, while teammate Mitch Evans climbs back up to eighth. Jaguar Racing remain third in the teams’ standings with 156 points.

HEINEKEN LONDON E-PRIX 2021
HEINEKEN LONDON E-PRIX 2021
HEINEKEN LONDON E-PRIX 2021

An incredibly eventful weekend here at our home race in London. We are pleased to have achieved a podium with Mitch today. We know we have a strong race car and Mitch’s drive today was testament to that. Sam’s accident was really unfortunate as he would have scored points after a great drive but we now look forward to the double-header finale in Berlin. We are still in contention for both championships so will be throwing everything at it.

James Barclay
Team Director Jaguar Racing

Unfortunately I haven’t had a great weekend. Going into it, you have high hopes and want to do everyone proud - being a British driver racing for a British team - but it didn’t happen for us here in London. We had the pace but it wasn’t meant to be. That is now in the past so we take the positives and look forward to Berlin. I am still in the hunt so there is everything to play for.

Sam Bird
#10 Jaguar Racing driver

I’m so happy to be on the podium today for Jaguar – a British team on home soil. For a lot of the race I didn’t think it would be possible as I lost my front wing and missed an ATTACK MODE. I really needed these points today and it puts me back into the championship fight. Thanks to all of the team and we’re now looking forward to fighting for every point in Berlin.

Mitch Evans
#20 Jaguar Racing driver

Further information

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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

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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.