- Jaguar TCS Racing look ahead to the second Jakarta E-Prix after a challenging day in the tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
- Both drivers made good progress into the points, until a collision forced them to retire
- Mitch Evans is now fifth in the drivers’ standings while Sam Bird remains seventh
- Jaguar TCS Racing remain third in the teams’ standings
- The eleventh round of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place tomorrow, back on the streets of Jakarta at 15:00 local time
Jaguar TCS Racing look ahead to second Jakarta E-Prix after a challenging day in the tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Qualifying saw Sam Bird in Group A and Mitch Evans in Group B, both drivers struggled with chassis balance and weren’t able to make it through to the Duels. Mitch lined up P11 on the grid, with Sam back in P16.
In this season’s hottest E-Prix to date, Mitch made up one place off-the-line, quickly progressing into the top ten and points positions. With a decisive strategy, the 28-year-old continued to climb through the field and moved up into eighth position with three laps remaining.
Sam Bird was also having a good race, making up seven positions with a combination of overtakes and an effective race strategy. Sam was in his final ATTACK MODE with three laps to go, when a mistake resulted in him making contact with teammate Mitch Evans. The incident meant that Mitch retired from the race while in eighth position.
On the last lap René Rast made contact with Sam forcing him to spin into the barriers at turn three. Sam rejoined the race but dropped down the pack, finally finishing in P21.
Mitch Evans is now fifth in the drivers’ standings, with Sam Bird remaining in seventh.
Jaguar TCS Racing remain third in the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship teams’ standings.
The first race of the weekend here in Jakarta has been a tough one. We didn’t quite have the pace of the lead group and we found it challenging today across most sessions to get the car into an optimal window. Putting both Jaguar I-TYPE 6 race cars into the points was our goal for the race today and we had achieved that - Sam climbed seven places and Mitch had progressed three places before the incident occurred. Days like these are hard for everyone but we will unite as a team. We learned a lot from the race and it’s important to now reset and get ready for another E-Prix tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal
I had a relatively good opening lap and made up a place but ultimately we’ve struggled with pace so far this weekend. I was in a decent position towards the end of the race and would have scored a few points, but that was all I could really manage today. We need to try and make the car faster on this circuit for tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing driver, #9
I take full responsibility for the incident today on track and want to apologise to the team for the mistake. We had a difficult qualifying and race, and unfortunately so far this weekend, the car hasn’t been performing at the level we would hope. We’ll regroup tonight and come back stronger tomorrow.
Jaguar TCS Racing driver, #10:
The eleventh round of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place tomorrow, back on the streets of Jakarta at 15:00 local time.