- Mitch Evans secures Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first ABB FIA Formula E pole position
- Panasonic Jaguar Racing continue to show progress and speed of Jaguar I-TYPE 2
- Mitch Evans’ valuable points retain fifth place for the British team
Zurich E-Prix in photos
Zurich E-prix race report
Our graduate brand ambassadors Caroline Suni and Tobias Soerries were at the Zurich E-Prix this weekend, and have put together the below race report which gives us an insight into what went down across the weekend:
Due to a bad accident 64 years ago, there had previously been a ban on motor racing in the city of Zurich. Therefore, this race was going to be the first to happen in the city in over 60 years. It was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm from the fans, the public, the city, and the racing teams to see Formula E on the streets of Zurich.
The day before the race, we had a walk through the pit lane and got to inspect the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 cars up close. Mitch Evans was with his pit crew so we said a quick hello and wished him good luck for the race the following day.
On race day, the two practice runs went well for Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans – he was 2nd in the first practice run and 1st in the second practice. Then came qualifying where the drivers are broken up into groups of 5 and whoever has the fastest lap moves on to compete in the Super Pole (the Pole is the 1st position in the race). In qualifying, Mitch had the fastest lap both in his group and of all the drivers that day. Unfortunately, Mitch & Nelson were both in the same qualifying group so only Mitch could move onto the Super Pole, while Nelson qualified in 11th position.
The Super Pole race was really exciting because we knew Mitch had the fastest lap on the track already and we watched as the 4-other drivers tried to beat him, but in the end Mitch had the fastest lap again and secured the pole position for Panasonic Jaguar Racing – a first both for Jaguar Racing and for Mitch himself. The trophy for winning pole was a giant cowbell necklace to celebrate the Swiss culture, so we’re sure Mitch will be enjoying that souvenir.
The long wait for the race was nerve wracking but exciting as we looked forward to Mitch starting in the pole position. We tried to get as close to Mitch’s starting position as possible, and it was really interesting to see his whole team come out and get the car ready and watch the whole process before the race. Then all of the sudden everyone was suited up, in their cars and a few moments later they were off!
For the first half of the race, Mitch did great and held his 1st place position. There was an exciting few minutes where he was battling with Di Grassi to keep the lead. Unfortunately, Di Grassi eventually overtook him before a penalty set Mitch back quite a few places. Nelson also had a somewhat disappointing race and dropped out of the race quite early without finishing. It was an emotional rollercoaster and a bittersweet ending to what started as a very exhilarating race day.
One thing we really liked about the Zurich race was that the circuit was truly a city circuit with the cars driving over manhole covers and the view of street cars seen in the background. There was also a lot of spectators and huge support from fans who came out on a beautiful day to see the races and engage with the sport. It was one of the only races with large portions of the circuit open to the public, and it was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm from such a large crowd who came out to enjoy the nice weather and engage with Formula E.
Next stop is New York City for the final two races of the season. Good luck team!
Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing
The European leg of Season 4 comes to a climactic finish at the Zurich E-Prix in June.
The picturesque city has a unique relationship with motorsport, having banned racing since an accident in the 1950’s. The law was recently relaxed to allow electric racing, paving the way for Formula E to hold the first race to occur in Switzerland in over 60 years. There is everything to play for in Switzerland’s biggest city as Season 4 draws to a close, and all eyes will be on the scoreboard as the teams battle to rise through the standings.
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