Barclay satisfied with progress during ‘learning year’


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Marrakesh ePrix, Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, Marrakesh, Morocco. Saturday 12 November 2016. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _79P4366

Panasonic Jaguar Racing boss James Barclay has said that the 2016/17 season is a ‘learning year’ for his team, in which they are prioritising gaining experience and data.

The British team’s debut season in Formula E has been lacklustre so far and despite the fanfare that greeted their arrival they are still to score a point.

But the team showed signs of progress last time out in Buenos Aires, and Barclay said that this was motivating them ahead of the Mexico ePrix this weekend.

However despite this he still stated that his aim for this season was to learn as much as possible, as opposed to chasing results.

Barclay said, “We have learned so much in our first three races and we took a fantastic step forward to further optimise our qualifying performance in Buenos Aires.

“To narrowly miss out on our first points in just the third race of our debut season certainly gives us reason to put everything into our Mexican ePrix debut.

“It will be another competitive challenge for us and we want to gain as much experience in our first year, our learning year, as possible. 

“We’re looking forward to gathering more valuable experience and race data in Mexico.”

Their driver Mitch Evans reiterated that despite the lack of points, the team’s season is going as planned, reiterating that their target was to simply gather data from the first few races.

He also spoke of his growing confidence within the team, saying that he was beginning to feel more comfortable.

“It felt great to have such a positive weekend in Buenos Aires,” Evans said. “With each race, the whole process becomes smoother and more streamlined.

I’m really enjoying the feeling in the garage and getting to know the engineers and mechanics really well.

“We are progressing through our programme as planned, getting the first few races under our belts, gathering important data and it’s great to learn from each race, whether on track or in the way we operate as a team.”