Racing on the apron of the historic former Tempelhof Airport, the Berlin ePrix was a challenging race for all teams as they entered the second half of the season and the longest Formula E race of the season.
Adam Carroll started the ePrix in P18 and made a terrific start, gaining three positions. Carroll carefully managed his energy strategy to retain his position after the pit stop and finish the first race of the Berlin double-header in P15.
Starting the race in P16, Mitch Evans gained a position off the starting line, but sustained damage on the first lap, when squeezed into the wall by a competitor. When pitting for repairs, the team switched strategy and Evans re-joined the track in his second Jaguar I-TYPE to push for the fastest lap, securing Jaguar’s first silverware in FIA Formula E championship with the VISA Fastest Lap Award trophy. Setting an unbeaten time of 1:10:224 on lap 16, Mitch said, “To win the VISA Fastest Lap Award and another point was a positive from a tough day behind the wheel.”
A mixed second day in the German capital, Panasonic Jaguar Racing showed strong improvement in qualifying performance from yesterday’s race, with Mitch Evans starting seven places higher than the day before in P9 just half a second from pole position.
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Mitch was consistently in contention for a fifth consecutive points finish during the first half of the race. However, a procedural issue during the car swap on lap 23 meant that the New Zealand racer re-joined the track in P17, behind team-mate Adam Carroll.
Adam made up five places on the opening lap of the race after a tough qualifying session. He ultimately brought the Jaguar I-TYPE home in P16.
“This is our learning year and we can be proud of each positive step we are making from race to race.” said Carroll. “Despite such aggressive energy targets to complete the longer race distance, the team gathered a lot of valuable data to help us unlock more potential in time for the next race.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing now heads west to the Big Apple - New York. The double-header ePrix takes place on 15 and 16 July, and will make history as the first electric street race to take place in the city.