Jaguar see positives despite pointless start


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Hong Kong ePrix, Hong Kong, China. Sunday 09 October 2016. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _FER1522

Jaguar didn’t enjoy the return to motorsport they would have hoped for after failing to score a point at the Hong Kong ePrix.

The new Panasonic Jaguar Racing team were talking down their chances going into the 2016-17 Formula E season given their lack of experience in the series.

And it looked as if these views were well founded after they only managed fourteenth and sixteenth in qualifying.

The race went better for them though, with both Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll managing to benefit from incidents around them and work their way up to tenth and eleventh respectively.

They lost out in the safety car period however, and although Carroll recovered to twelvth, Evans was forced to retire with an electrical issue.

Team Director James Barclay was pleased with the weekend though, saying there were several positives.

“The team and drivers have not raced before in Formula E and we have bedded in as a team, gelled well and learned a huge amount,” he said.

“Our energy conservation in the race was second to none and we have been encouraged by our consistent race pace which saw us move forward through the field. 

“There is good baseline on which to build, and we look forward to Marrakesh and continuing our development.”

Carroll echoed his comments, saying that he was particularly pleased with the car’s energy management.

The Northern Irishman said, “I am feeling pretty pleased. We showed decent and consistent race pace and we were particularly strong on energy management.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the whole Panasonic Jaguar Racing team. Everybody’s worked really hard to get here and we’ve learnt fast all weekend.

“There is much more to come.”