New York E-Prix - 15 July

Overview

Overview
  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing end second season in Formula E with valuable points
  • Mitch Evans finishes the season in 7th and Nelson Piquet Jr in 9th
  • Focus switches to developing the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 ahead of season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship

New York E-Prix in photos

New York E-prix race report

With Sunday came thunderstorms and rain. We arrived and settled into our seats in the grandstands. The track was wet and there was a lot of talk about what kind of stability the cars would have in the less than ideal conditions. As the qualifiers went on, the track was getting drier, helping the drivers in the later rounds. Mitch and Nelson were once again in the same round. After negotiating some tough turns in the damp conditions, Mitch and Nelson just barely missed the super pole coming in P6 and P7.

Immediately after the qualifiers, we were ushered out of the stands for fear of a lightning strike. As we were looking at the booths in the E Village, we were asked to exit the venue for a weather delay. We were all corralled towards the exits, unsure if we would get to see a race or not. With little knowledge of what would come next, we made our way to a local restaurant in Brooklyn. The scare of a storm passed without a drop of rain in sight and we were welcomed back to the track about an hour and a half after. The much-anticipated E Race and driver autograph session were cancelled, and the next activity was the race itself.

Thrilled that the race would go on, we settled into a crowded grandstand to cheer on the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team. The startup was in our sights and in a flash, Mitch (P6) and Nelson (P7) were off. Both drivers battled for position and were looking to advance. In the first few laps, Piquet was bumped in a turn and luckily stayed on track. Later that lap, the guard for his rear tire flew off into the track, but there was no damage to his car.

8 laps into the race, a full course yellow flag was out with Piquet in P5 and Evans in P8. After several laps, the drivers were once again off. Both drivers dropped a few places in the pit lane and with 10 laps to go Mitch was in P6 with Nelson following in P8. Nerves were lower for Piquet now that he had a new car without his back tire exposed. Mitch successfully battled to hold onto P6 in the last half of the race. In the last lap, Piquet swiftly moved into P7. The checkered flag was out, and the team ended with a double points finish.

With the season coming to a close, Mitch finished 7th in the overall standings with Nelson following soon after in 9th. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team ended the season in 6th overall.  With the final race of the Gen1 car over with, the team has much to look forward to for season 5. Brooklyn was a great venue to end the 4th Formula E season, and we cannot wait for next year! This experience has truly turned me into a fan of the sport and I cannot wait for more.

Race results

1
25
J. Vergne
Techeetah
2
1
L. di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+0.508
3
66
D. Abt FL
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+1.287
4
66
S. Buemi P
Renault e.Dams
+1.780
5
19
F. Rosenqvist
Mahindra Racing
+12.146

Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing

POSITION 6
M. Evans
Last: 1:18.938
Best: 1:16.175
KPH: 100.1   MPH: 62.2
On Lap: 20
POSITION 7
N. Piquet Jr
Last: 1:18.683
Best: 1:16.434
KPH: 100.1   MPH: 62.2
On Lap: 14

The circuit

When: 14-15 July 2018
Track length: 1.95km
No. of turns: 10
Season 3 Winner: Sam bird
Season 3 Lap record: Marc Engel (1:03.883) Daniel Abt (1:03.898)
Track direction: Clockwise

About the circuit

The Brooklyn circuit is a very technical track, which has been compared to the Circuit Des Invalides in Paris as one of the more difficult tracks in the Season’s roster.

The first turn is a sharp hairpin bend, with the cars still packed tightly from the starting grid. This will likely force a very intense start as the limited space pushes the racers into close contact. The drivers will continue to jockey for position going into the next two turns which form a tight chicane. All the straights on the Brooklyn circuit are relatively short, so there is not much opportunity to really build speed to accelerate away from the competition.

Finding the right line in each corner will be crucial. Turns 5 to 9 are packed close together, and the only real opportunity to reach top speed will be coming out of turn 9, round the long slow bend of turn 10 into the finish straight. The drivers will be under a lot of pressure to perform here in the Season 4 finale in New York, and this technical track will undoubtedly add to the challenge. Be sure to tune in for this unmissable race.

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The Championship races

Hong Kong
Round 1-2
Marrakesh
Round 3
Santiago
Round 4
Mexico City
Round 5
Punta del Este
Round 6
Rome
Round 7
Paris
Round 8
Berlin
Round 9
Zurich
Round 10
New York City
Round 10-11

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