Panasonic Jaguar Racing are expecting to challenge for ‘points and podiums’ as they start their third season in Formula E.
While making no mention of challenging for the title, the British team said they were hoping to build on last season where they achieved their first ever podium and finished in sixth place in the championship.
That was already a marked improvement on their debut year where they finished in last place in the teams standings on their return to motorsport.
But going into the 2018-19 season and the introduction of the new Gen2 cars, team boss James Barclay said he was hopeful that the work they had put into their powertrain would see them fighting at the front of the grid.
He said, “We have combined the learnings from our first two seasons to make sure our powertrain is as competitive as possible, hopefully putting us in a great place heading into the opening E-Prix.
“We had our most successful season to date in 2017-18, and with Nelson and Mitch both returning, I’m optimistic we have the right team and the right cars to secure points and fight for podiums at every race.”
This view was backed up by Mitch Evans, who after getting his and the team’s first podium last year said that he wanted more consistency from the I-TYPE 3 car so he could challenge regularly at the top.
“The competition in the Formula E Championship continues to grow each season, but the work that the team have put in and the advancements to the car will put us in a good position to be a front-running team this season,” Evans said.
“I had my first podium in Hong Kong last year and I want to repeat that consistently. With the new car I believe that is possible and I will be racing to win – that’s what gets me up in the morning.”