Mitch Evans battled extreme temperatures of 37C in Santiago but brought his Jaguar I-TYPE 3s to the finish in the hottest ABB FIA Formula E race in history. The Santiago E-Prix overtook the 35 degrees reached in season two – and was the joint hottest day ever recorded in the Chilean capital.
The changing track conditions prevented Panasonic Jaguar Racing from a top six finish during qualifying and with it, a chance for Super Pole – Mitch qualified in 12th but lined up on the grid in P11 as Audi’s Lucas Di Grassi was demoted from pole position for a technical infringement.
Despite starting outside the top 10, Evans made fantastic progress up the grid. The Kiwi driver gained five places and finished in P6 earning eight valuable points for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Jaguar Racing
“Overall it was a bit disappointing today. We had high hopes, but we seemed to struggle from FP1 – the pace wasn’t really there. To qualify 12th was the best I could do with changing track conditions. I raced well from there. Overall, I think it was a good recovery but I’m nowhere near satisfied with the result. I want to be on the podium. But I’m looking forward to Mexico, I like the track there.” Mitch Evans