Mitch Evans made his Formula E debut with new manufacturer Jaguar in their highly anticipated return to motorsport.
Qualifying saw him pip the Techeetah of Ma to 16th place ahead of D’Ambrosio, Di Grassi and Frijns. Though running solidly and cleanly in the first stint an issue with the car was discovered and he retired from the race.
“It’s been a great to get racing now with Jaguar, it’s been a great buildup,” Evans said after the race. The whole day has been interesting, but tough: all the drivers found the track challenging.”
“Unfortunately we were not able to complete the race due to a technical issue we found on the car. It’s a shame but we managed to gather a lot of information for rest of the championship, and that’s the main goal.”
So how did competing the Jaguar around the streets of Hong Kong compare to testing at Donington?
“It’s like complete night and day. Around here it feels a lot faster and on the edge. The track is a lot tighter and faster and suits the cars better. It’s been a real challenge for everyone.”
Jaguar only announced in December 2015 they were joining the series, and have their work cut out for them with two – albeit incredibly talented – rookies.
“We’re mixing with guys who have more experience than us. This is the start for us and we’ve lots to learn and data to gather to make progress for the rest of the championship. I’m really happy with that. We’re going to keep pushing on and trying to go faster.”
The Marrakesh ePrix takes place on 12th November 2016.