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Huge leap forward for Jaguar

Jaguar had come into Formula E back in Season 3 with no real expectations.

After all, they were a brand new team and neither Mitch Evans or Adam Carroll had raced in Formula E before. 

Coupled with a steep learning curve, they finished last in the Teams’ Championship with the highlight being a double points finish in Mexico City with Evans in fourth place and Carroll in eighth place.

Season 4 saw Carroll leave the team and the Northern Irishman was replaced by Season 1 champion, Nelson Piquet, who was looking to get back on the podium for the first time since the Moscow ePrix in his title-winning season. Evans stayed with the team for a second season.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing's 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E Statistics:

Wins: 0

Podiums: 1

Poles: 1

Fastest Laps: 1

Championship Points: 119

Constructors’ Championship: 6th

Jaguar showed some good progress this season, as they scored their first podium courtesy of Mitch Evans in Hong Kong after Daniel Abt was disqualified. The Kiwi also scored their first pole position in Zurich.

Nelson Piquet was consistent when he finished the races, scoring more fourth-placed finishes than any other driver.

However, the team also had some epically bad luck. Evans looked to be on course for a podium in Rome but had to back off due to overusing energy, and could have won in Punta del Este had he not been demoted to sixteenth on the grid. Piquet was also unlucky with pitstop issues in Rome and Paris.

 

Mitch Evans

Wins: 0

Poles: 1

Podiums: 1 (3rd in Hong Kong Race 2)

Drivers’ Championship: 7th (68 points)

Mitch Evans, it seemed, was the driver making all of the headlines at Jaguar. He scored the team's first pole position in Zurich and, earlier in the season, the team's first podium in Hong Kong.

Like Piquet, when he finished, he was usually in the upper reaches of the midfield. And also like his teammate, he was on the receiving end of some staggeringly poor luck.

Notably in Rome where he over-consumed energy and went from third to ninth at the end of the race, and especially in Punta del Este where he went from sixteenth to fourth and could well have won the race - had he not been demoted on the grid due to the weight distribution of his car being outside of the amount permitted in the regulations by just 300 grams.

 


Nelson Piquet Jr

Wins: 0

Podiums: 0

Fastest Laps: 1

Best Finish: 4th
(Hong Kong Race 1, Marrakesh and Mexico City)

Drivers’ Championship: 9th (51 points)

Nelson Piquet Jr. was new to the team for this season yet, despite this, settled in rather quickly indeed. He didn’t get a podium unlike his teammate, but the Brazilian driver was consistent when he was in the points.

He also seemed to have no luck when the minimum pitstop times were dropped with issues being had in Rome and Paris.

The issues in Paris came off the back of a disastrous morning which saw him crash both his cars with his accident in Practice 1 leading to the chassis being changed. He then crashed the second car in the second practice session. This meant that he had no cars available for qualifying and had to sit out of that session, and then retired from the race.

Rob Lomas

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