- Sam Bird secured a podium finish for Jaguar TCS Racing in Round 14 of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the Hankook Rome E-Prix
- Mitch Evans had an unfortunate incident in the opening laps of the race, forcing him to retire from third position
- Mitch remains third in the drivers’ standings, with Sam ninth
- Jaguar TCS Racing remain third in the teams’ standings
- The double-header finale of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place in the unique indoor/outdoor circuit at ExCeL London on the 29 and 30 July
Sam Bird secured a third-place podium finish in Round 14 of the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Hankook Rome E-Prix – his fourth podium and the team’s ninth podium of the season.
Both Jaguar TCS Racing drivers, Mitch Evans and Sam Bird, made it through to the Qualifying Duels. In the quarter-finals, Mitch and Sam went head-to-head for the second time this double-header weekend. Mitch progressed through to the semi-finals but was defeated by Nick Cassidy, eventually lining up on the grid in fourth, with Sam in fifth.
In the first lap of the race, Mitch overtook the Nissan of Norman Nato, moving up into third. He was battling for second place with Nick Cassidy, when he made a small mistake, which resulted in a rear-wheel lock-up and ultimately a crash with Cassidy that brought him back into the pits. The team attempted to repair his car, and he returned to the circuit - where just yesterday he was victorious for the fourth time - but unfortunately had to retire his Jaguar I-TYPE 6 due to safety concerns.
Sam moved up to third following the accident and throughout the rest of the 24-lap race was battling with Norman Nato and Sébastien Buemi for a podium finish. He dropped back to fourth after taking his first Attack Mode, but quickly made this position back, overtaking Buemi on the same lap. Despite Sam’s best efforts to overtake Nato, he was unable to find a route through. Sam drove a great race, and paired with the strategy of the team, was able to bring home vital team points for Jaguar TCS Racing.
Jaguar TCS Racing remain third in the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship teams’ standings, closing the gap to the leaders.
I’m really pleased and proud of Sam’s performance today. A podium finish after yesterday’s incident and after an incredible team effort to rebuild Sam’s car is very rewarding for the team. Sam was on top form today – both in qualifying and the race and the team executed a good strategy to achieve a third-place podium. These are vital championship points heading into London – particularly for the teams’ championship. Unfortunately for Mitch, he was in a very strong position and a really small error had big consequences for his race result today. Those small mistakes are extremely rare for Mitch, but we’ll now regroup and are hugely motivated to fight for both championships at the final two races in London.
Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal
Firstly, I’m so sorry to Nick and to the Envision Racing team. The incident today all happened really quickly. I wasn’t trying to do anything silly, but I got caught by surprise and I wasn’t expecting it to be that slow at the apex. As a result, I ruined my race and I ruined Nick’s race. I haven’t made many mistakes this season, but this small error has huge consequences. It really hurts as this is a critical point in the championship and one where I needed to score good points. We’re still in the hunt for the teams’ championship and even though it will be tough for the drivers’ I’ll continue to push forward until the chequered flag falls in London.
Jaguar TCS Racing driver, #9
All credit to everyone at Jaguar TCS Racing for building a new car for me today and a podium-winning car at that. It’s been a hard run recently but today I feel relieved to have got my fourth podium of the season. In the race, the team delivered a fantastic energy strategy, but Norman placed his car very well on the track, gave a really good fight and I couldn’t find my way through. I still have the chance to score good points for the teams’ championship and I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got in London.