Jaguar Roars Back!

Marco Iacobucci Epp /

Success was not easy to come by for Jaguar driver Mitch Evans in the first three races of the Formula E season. But then came Rome for races four and five. The New Zealander had to start the race in the eternal city from the mediocre position of ninth. Even though his shortened practice time wasn't enough for a super-fast qualifying lap, he delivered an outstanding performance in the race itself. With a whopping 5.7 seconds advantage, Evans beat the faster Envision Virgin and Mercedes drivers, among others, in a fantastic winning drive. In more great news for Jaguar: Evans team-mate Sam Bird scored further important points with a fifth-place finish.

Rather than letting the victory get to his head, Evans kept his nerve on Sunday in the second race as well. Starting fourth on the grid was certainly an improvement on the day before. The finish, however, was a closer run contest than the previous day. A minimal 0.6 second gap back to the two-time Formula E champion and pole-setter Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS-Techeetah was just enough for a second success in the Italian metropolis. A testament to perfect energy management and the technology of the energy-recuperating braking system from LSP Innovative Systems.

In contrast to previous seasons, both races did not last 45 minutes plus one lap but were extended by the respective time behind the safety car. Leading to a good 52 minutes of driving time for each event all in all. After securing two wins and a further 50 points to his name, Evans now occupies fourth place in the overall standings after five races. In the first six places are now drivers from six different teams: The two-time Formula E champion J.-E. Vergne in the DS Techeetah leads ahead of Robin Frijns for Envision Racing and Stoffel Vandoorne in the Mercedes-Benz EQ. Rokit Venturi driver Edoardo Martara is currently fifth ahead of André Lotterer in the TAG Heuer-Porsche.

After the E-Prix race in Monaco, Mitch Evans is even more confident about what lies in store. His second-place finish earned him a further 21 points and he is currently sitting in 3rd place with 72 points. We are looking forward to the race on May 14 and 15 in Berlin and are excited to see if Mitch Evans can continue his good form and possibly climb another step on the podium.

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