Updated: Apr 20, 2019
The fifth season of ABB FIA Formula E got off to an electric start in Saudi Arabia and saw the debut of the new Generation 2 Jaguar I-TYPE 3 a faster all-electric race car with greater efficiency and range.
Kiwi Mitch Evans battled inclement weather, a challenging track and bad luck in qualifying to finish fourth, narrowly missing out on a podium position. His Brazilian team mate Nelson Piqet Jr. fought for a valuable point to finish tenth.
The new Ad Diriyah track provided a tricky challenge for all 22 Formula E drivers. An unseasonal rain shower disrupted the free practice sessions which placed further importance on qualifying. Evans was adversely penalised by Felix Rosenqvist’s crash and was unable to complete a flat out 250kW qualifying lap. Despite this Mitch Evans, with the aid of the new Attack Mode power boost, was able to make up four places from eigth place on the grid. Jaguar Racing
“A busy race after limited time on track but it was good fun. It is a shame not to give the team the podium they deserved but we were hampered by some bad luck in qualifying, which is so key in Formula E. I enjoyed using the Attack Mode and it brings a unique element to the race. I’ll now work with the team in the simulator ahead of Marrakesh to build on this result. It is cool to see my brother Simon win the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race. Hopefully he can continue like that for the rest of the championship.” Mitch Evans