Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans impressively claimed his third podium of the season, with a second place finish on Monaco’s iconic street track. Round 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in majestic Monaco marked the start of the second half of the season, following a historic weekend of racing in Berlin.
In a first for the team, round seven in the German capital saw Mitch Evans and Sam Bird achieve an incredible 1-2 finish. James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal, called the result an “amazing achievement” which reflected the hard work the team have been putting into driving their performance forward. Off the back of this incredible effort, and sitting at third in the team’s championship, expectations were high going into Monaco.
SECURING ALL-IMPORTANT POINTS
Evans started in sixth position, strategically climbing his way through the field, and by lap 13 was leading the pack. Navigating the challenging track with precision and speed, he battled with the eventual winner, Nick Cassidy, in the Jaguar-powered Envision. Notably, a Jaguar-powered car has now won the last four races. After a safety car hampered Evan’s chances to overtake Cassidy again, he had to settle for second place but secured some all-important points for the championship campaign.
Sam Bird lined up to race in 16th place, before working his way through the pack to reach eighth position. With three laps to go, he missed the ATTACK MODE loops, which saw him cross the line in tenth, the final point-scoring position. A post-race 5-second time penalty for causing a collision meant Bird’s final result was 16th place.
CLOSE TO A WIN
Evans has now moved up to fourth in the driver’s standings, while Bird sits at seventh. Jaguar TCS Racing remains a solid third in the team’s standings. After the race, Team Principal Barclay noted, “A runner-up podium in Monaco is something to be very pleased about and we were so close to that win. After a really intense race, I’m proud for all of the team to be able to step on the podium for the third year in a row here in Monaco.” Evans echoed those sentiments, saying the whole team should be proud, and there are still many opportunities left this season to build upon their gains.
Attention now turns to rounds 10 and 11, as the championship heads to Jakarta for a double-header race in the Indonesian capital. Against a backdrop of Jakarta Bay, the challenging circuit and heat will challenge the drivers, and give Jaguar TCS Racing another strong chance to add to their points haul. From there the exhilarating racing action continues onto Portland, Rome and then London.