Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director James Barclay has admitted that he would have liked to have seen his team score more points in their debut season.
Jaguar made a much hyped return to motorsport by entering Formula E this year, but they finished bottom of the standings with only 27 points.
This wasn’t helped by a disappointing race at the season finale in Montreal, with the seventh place from Mitch Evans being the only points the team scored all weekend.
Despite playing down expectations for most of the season, Barclay admitted that this wasn’t what the team were hoping for.
However he also pointed out the challenges they faced as a rookie team in the series, including only having three months to develop their car and having limited testing due to the rules, something which he believes makes Formula E the hardest series to join as a new team.
Barclay said, “This weekend has been tough for us and, to be honest, we would have liked to have been further up the grid with a bigger haul of points as we end our first season.
“However, our expectations have always been in check and we don’t underestimate how competitive this series is. We have learnt a huge amount in our first season in Formula E and we have really enjoyed the challenge of Jaguar’s first year of all-electric street racing.
“Being part of this innovative series has been rewarding and with the arrival of more manufacturers since our decision to join, we feel proud to be a part of it. Formula E was uncharted waters for us, and our competitiveness in our first season was always going to be restricted.
“We only had just three months to design, build and homologate our car, with no room to develop or test during the season, under the rules. We believe there is no harder championship to join as brand new team.”
Driver Adam Carroll echoed these sentiments, but said that while Formula E was very competitive, it was the place for manufacturers to prove themselves.
“This first season was always going to be a challenge for us, in our learning year. This is one of the most competitive championships in the world and it’s the place to be for a team like us that is racing to innovate.
“If any racer or manufacturer wants to prove themselves, the Formula E championship is the place to do it.”
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