Mitch Evans takes a ‘critical’ Championship shot and talks about Jaguar’s qualifying pace

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans secured back-to-back wins in Rome as he dominated Formula E’s visit to Italy, with the New Zealander keen to remain in the hunt after a slow start

Mitch Evans won both races in Rome last weekend
Mitch Evans won both races in Rome last weekend

Mitch Evans admits his double came to a “critical part of the championship” in Rome, with the New Zealander fearing losing touch with the top of the Formula E standings.

The Jaguar driver headed into the Italian capital after three laps with just one point to his tally, but left the Eternal City after scoring near maximum points to rejoin the competition. Evans has struggled at the end of the season in recent years but has been severely out of touch after admitting he “thought this wasn’t going well” after an underperforming in Mexico.

However, returning to form, the 27-year-old took the checkered flag on Saturday and Sunday, winning from ninth and fourth on the grid. That means Evans is now within nine points of championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne ahead of the Monaco race, a race the Jaguar driver enjoyed last season and finished third.

He said: “I knew this was a pretty critical part of the championship. I think if we still had the old qualifying format I wouldn’t have been so worried, but now you have an equal chance in every qualifying session. So even after that first.” Two races I was like, ‘We’ve got to start ramping things up’ and then Mexico happened and I was like, ‘This isn’t going well’.

The Jaguar driver is now close to the top of the table

“I would say Rome was crucial not to lose ground. I won two races, scored 50 points but I’m still fourth. Okay, I’m close to the top but I’m still fourth. That would have I didn’t want to.” let it go later, not only from a point of view, but also from the point of view of trust within the team, because we weren’t doing that well and we had to find answers for that. So we get the points and the confidence.

Evan’s qualifying performance on Sunday saw him beaten by Jake Dennis in the semifinals. It was the first time the Kiwi – or any Jaguar – had made it this far into qualifying. The new format offers more meritocracy than the old party system.

That means lap speed is now a big factor, but Evans admits the team still has a long way to go to match the likes of Mercedes, who have claimed three of the five poles this season . He said of their performances: “If you take it from the whole season I would say it was fine.

“Sunday we did the duels for the first time, some other teams like Mercedes and Venturi did every duel, so we’re definitely not the strongest. Even on Sunday when we had a really strong package we made it to the semifinals but other teams over a lap and even stronger during the race we did our damage. I would say we’re not midfield, but maybe in the top four over a lap.”

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