Jaguar wanted ‘bigger haul of points’

Credit: Formula E

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.”

Driver’s Championship

1Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi181
2Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams157
3Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing127
4Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing122
5Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah117
6Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams93
7Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing88
8Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi67
9Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing65
10Stephane SarrazinFRATecheetah36
11Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV NIO33
12Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV NIO26
13Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti24
14Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing22
15Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing20
16Pierre GaslyFRARenault e.dams18
17Maro EngelGERVenturi16
18Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing13
19Tom DillmanFRAVenturi12
20Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti10
21Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing5
22Esteban GutierrezMEXVenturi5
23Alex LynnGBRDS Virgin Racing3

Team’s Championship

1Renault e.damsFRA268
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER248
3Mahindra RacingIND215
4DS Virgin RacingGBR190
7MS Amlin AndrettiUSA34
8FF Dragon RacingUSA33
10Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR27