Jaguar expecting Buenos Aires to be ‘big test’ due to lack of experience

James Barclay says that he is expecting the Buenos Aires ePrix to be a ‘big test’ for his team due to their lack of experience at the track.

The race represents the first track that his team have been to that the other teams on the grid have raced before, and as such the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director is wary that this will put them at a disadvantage.

Barclay said, “This is the third time Formula E has come to Buenos Aires and it’s easy to see why the teams all look forward to coming here.

“This race is established as one where anything can happen. With the high ambient temperatures the drivers must manage their battery performance carefully. 

“The circuit is challenging and the team must be able to react as the race unfolds and adjust the strategy to fit. It will be a big test.”

However he does believe his team’s hard work over the winter period will hopefully see them make a step forward next weekend.

He said that the large gap between rounds two and three of the championship has seen the team analyse the data from the first two races of the season, as well as do work in the simulator.

“We have had a really busy time, and it hasn’t been so much of a break for the team,” Barclay said.

“The technical team have been diving into the data we collected in Hong Kong and Marrakesh and the drivers have been conducting simulations as well as attending various media engagements.”

Driver Mitch Evans will also be taking on the Buenos Aires track for the first time, but is looking forward to the challenge.

He said, “The circuit looks awesome. I’ve really enjoyed driving it on the simulator.

“Of course, most of the other drivers have some experience of the real track but we are as prepared as we can be.

“It promises to be an exciting weekend.”