The New Zealander rookie put in a stunning lap at the Buenos Aires ePrix to qualify in the top ten
Jaguar Racing have not had the easiest of initiations into the world of Formula E. They remain the only team not to have scored a point in this season and struggled to qualify better than 17th on the grid.
Mitch Evan’s impressive lap was seventh fastest, and he started the race on the fourth row of the grid. Teammate Adam Carroll struggled with the setup of his car and started down in 15th.
At the start of the race, Evans lost some ground at the tight hairpin of the first corner and fell to ninth, but after his car-swap he was back in seventh place. However the Jaguar Racing driver was given a penalty for speeding during the full-course yellow period caused by Carroll, and though he crossed the line in 11th place was demoted to 13th.
“It was great to come away from qualifying feeling satisfied with our performance. The team has worked really hard to make progress,” said Evans after the race.
“The first half of the race was good but I got a bit shuffled around in the beginning which meant that I lost two places which was a bit disappointing, but then the full course yellow neutralised everything and I made up a few places.
“I was looking forward to holding my position in the second stint, but unfortunately I was struggling to manage the energy for some reason and couldn’t push as hard as before. I dropped four places and ended up just out of the points. It was really disappointing not to come away with our first points but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.”
Carroll was left stranded on the grid as the lights went out, but was able to get moving with a helping hand from the track marshalls. This left him a lap down on the race, where he was soon joined by Maro Engel, Felix Rosenqvist and Sam Bird and finished the race in 17th place.
“Today was tough,” said Carroll.
“The start of the day was promising, we just lost our way a little bit in the second practice as we wanted to keep the car safe for qualifying and not risk anything. I obviously hoped to be a lot faster than I was, but I can improve on that.
“I’d hoped to have a strong race and come through but I had an issue with the start, right when I was about to take off I couldn’t launch the car. We’re not sure why and it’s something that the engineers are looking into now. Luckily, I was able to get going and could continue and complete the race. We got a lot of good data out of it but unfortunately no result this time.”