- Sam Bird finished seventh in a rain-affected New York City E-Prix securing six valuable points for Jaguar TCS Racing
- Teammate, Mitch Evans, brought his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 home in eleventh, just outside of the points
- Mitch Evans remains fourth in the drivers’ standings, while Sam Bird is thirteenth
- Jaguar TCS Racing remain fourth in the teams’ standings
- The twelfth round of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place on the same streets of Brooklyn, New York City tomorrow, 17 July 2022
With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, Sam Bird made it through to the quarter-finals of the qualifying Duels for the second time this season and lined up eighth on the grid. An unexpected downpour of rain in qualifying group two compromised Mitch Evans’ lap time, meaning he didn’t proceed to the Duels and lined up fourteenth on the grid.
Both Jaguar TCS Racing drivers lost places in the opening laps of the E-Prix, Sam dropped to thirteenth and Mitch to seventeenth from the dirty side of the grid. Mitch and Sam recovered with decisive overtakes carving their way back through the pack into point-scoring positions. With 10 minutes of the race remaining the heavens opened and the second downpour of the day brought out a Full Course Yellow swiftly followed by a red flag. Despite both Jaguar I-TYPE 5s avoiding the chaos and making it safely back to the pits the race did not restart with seven minutes and thirty seconds remaining on the clock.
Mitch Evans remains fourth in the drivers’ standings, while Sam Bird is thirteenth. Jaguar TCS Racing are fourth in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship teams’ standings.
This was a really disappointing way for the New York City E-Prix to finish. In the early stages of the race we lost some positions but we were gradually making our way back into the points with both drivers. When the rain came, both Sam and Mitch managed to keep their cars on track. For the race to be red-flagged and not restarted was a really disappointing outcome for us. The main thing is that all of the drivers are okay after the accidents. Some days these decisions go your way but today that wasn’t the case for us. We know we have a competitive race package so we’ll reset and focus on the race and more points opportunities tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal
It was an average day for me today. We started off looking strong in Free Practice 1 but we got caught out with the weather in qualifying which meant I didn’t start as far forward as I would have liked. In the race we were making a good recovery but it wasn’t meant to be. We’ll keep fighting for points again tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing driver #9
We were able to score six points today but this isn’t as many as I wanted here in New York. Luck wasn’t with us. Starting on the left-hand side was not optimal but I made some decent overtakes to gain back some positions. It’s really disappointing that the race didn’t restart but I look forward to another race to make an positive comeback tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing driver #10
The twelfth round of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place on the same streets of Brooklyn, New York City tomorrow, 17 July 2022.