The second race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season showed pace, performance but only delivered a couple of points for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh. Mitch Evans started the day well with a fantastic drive in FP2, to set the fastest time. The Kiwi driver qualified into Super Pole with a P6 time and started the race in P5 due to a penalty for Antonio Felix Da Costa.
Starting on the right side of the grid Evans was forced off the circuit to avoid a first corner incident and while he survived to remain in the race he lost ten places avoiding the melee. Mitch also incurred mechanical damage to his rear diffuser when the Mahindra of Pascal Wehrlein made contact with the back of his Jaguar I-TYPE3.
The New Zealander showed great pace and competitive energy management to climb back up the order, despite a damaged car, to secure ninth place and two valuable points. Nelson also gained five places and eventually finished in 14th. Jaguar Racing
“We’ve been quick all day which is promising. The FP2 fastest time was a positive this morning. We didn’t quite optimise qualifying as we had hoped – I made a mistake during my Super Pole lap, but that’s just the way it rolls sometimes. You go all in with the Super Pole lap, sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. Today was one of those days – the incident on the first corner forced me to go wide and I lost ten positions. It’s something out of our control and very frustrating. The luck isn’t rolling with us at the moment. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is quick, so that’s really important for the duration of the championship.” Mitch Evans