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Jaguar: “second or third is not beyond the realms of possibility”

Jaguar Racing will focus on getting Mitch Evans into the top three in the championship standings in the Berlin finale.

Evans currently lies sixth in the championship standings after a difficult four races for the whole Jaguar team. But the volatility of the championship order over the previous Berlin events suggests anything is possible.

“It’s now really about trying to fight, particularly in the drivers’ championship for second or third. I think that’s realistic,” said team boss James Barclay. “We’re going to give it our all, give Mitch everything he needs to fight for second in the championship. Second or third is not beyond the realms of possibility.

“We’ve seen in Berlin the form book is completely turned on its head race to race, other than DS Techeetah, that is. So that’s the clear goal in terms of the drivers’ championship.

“Teams’ championship is obviously a bit tougher now. The best way the team can approach this is just to go out and deliver the best results we can these next two races.”

As Tom Blomqvist replaces James Calado for the final two races, the GT racer’s focus is on helping Evans in the championship fight, but Jaguar is still hoping he can get points.

“It’s an incredibly competitive championship,” Barclay said. “For us, ideally, it’s really about trying to sneak Tom into the points if we can. That’s going to be a tall order in its own right but obviously Tom has incredible pace and has that experience of being in Formula E previously.”

“With the situation being the way it is, it’s not ideal because of my lack of recent seat time,” Blomqvist added. “But I’ll just do everything I can. At the end of the day, there’s another car there that’s running that can do some work that may help Mitch, may improve their performance on the other side of the garage.”

Despite only joining Jaguar last month, Blomqvist has already been playing a part in the team. The 26-year-old has been working in the simulator to help Jaguar’s effort to improve between the first and second Berlin events.

As well as helping the team, the simulator work was important for Blomqvist’s preparation.

“It’s been a huge benefit to me,” he explained. “The first day I sat in the DiL [Driver in the Loop], all the switch changes were very unfamiliar to me. It took a good solid day just getting my head around all that.

“If I hadn’t have had that chance, that would have been me in practice come Wednesday. It definitely took a lot off my mind. It’s going to take a lot of stress out of me in the cockpit initially because I’m familiar with all the things on the car. So that will help.”

 

Bethonie Waring

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