Jaguar keeping expectations ‘in check’ ahead of Hong Kong opener

James Barclay (Team Director, Jaguar Racing) during the official Jaguar Racing Formula E Launch at the Jaguar Heritage Collections Centre, Gaydon, UK.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing are keeping their expectations ‘in check’ ahead of their first race in Formula E.

The British manufacturer is returning to motorsport this year in the all-electric series, and Team Director James Barclay says that it will be a proud day for all of those involved with the team.

However, despite teaming up with series battery supplier Williams Advanced Engineering, they are expecting their inexperience in Formula E to count against them.

“This is a proud day for the whole of the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team,” Barclay said.

“We’ve worked very hard and tested endlessly to prepare for our debut here in Hong Kong. We are here to race but we’re also here to innovate and to inspire.”

“We will race hard from the start but our expectations are in check as we respect our competitors who have a two-year head start in the series.”

While their I-Type car proved to be reliable in testing, it was towards the back of the field in terms of pace, but Barclay said the team learned a lot from it.

We’ve learnt a great deal from our pre-season test and development programme, but there is nothing like real race experience to give us an understanding of what we need to achieve our potential – and it all starts on Sunday.”

The team will field two Formula E rookies in their first season in Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll – although Carroll has tested for several other teams in the series before joining Jaguar.

The Northern Irishman said he was looking forward to improving the car race by race to help the team reach its full potential.

Carroll said,It is a historic moment for Jaguar as a team to be embarking on this new journey in electric racing. As a driver, I am really looking forward to getting out on track.

“There is nothing quite like Formula E and I’m looking forward to refining how we approach the race weekends and seeing the benefits of each improvement as we reach our potential.”