Closed Circuit: Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Monaco
Following a debut points finish for both Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll in Mexico City, Panasonic Jaguar Racing was hopeful of adding to that tally in Monaco. Evans just missed out in 11th place, but benefited from a 33 second penalty for Antonio Felix da Costa to take home a single point.
The Panasonic Jaguar Racing squad showed huge progress in Mexico City when they took home a double points finish and hoped for more of the same in Monaco, but struggled for pace in qualifying and lined up 14th and 17th.
Evans made a good start to rise up to 12th on the opening lap and made progress into the top ten but dropped to 13th following the pit stops. The Kiwi fought back amongst the like of Nico Prost, Robin Frijns and Oliver Turvey and ended the race in 11th, soon to be promoted to 10th as da Costa was penalised for an unsafe pit release.
Having started 17th, Carroll spent the majority of the race scrapping with the Faraday Future Dragon Racing duo of Loic Duval and Jerome d’Ambrosio but ultimately could progress no further and came home 14th.
Team mate comparison: qualifying
Team mate comparison: race
“It was positive day for the team. To make our European debut and then score points in our first ever Monaco ePrix is special. It was another great learning opportunity to refine how we approach our race strategy from our one-lap pace to our energy management. We were a bit conservative in qualifying with Mitch, and Adam had some contact on his qualifying lap so we started a little further back than we would have liked.
“We went into the race with an aggressive strategy to take an early call on pit stops if there was an incident, and this is what transpired. Unfortunately, the safety car was deployed a little sooner that we would have liked and the gamble didn’t give us the gains we’d been hoping for. But as a new team, in our learning year, I think it’s important that we try things like this when we can. We are here to race and I’m very proud to come away with our second consecutive points in Jaguar’s fifth ePrix.”
James Barclay, Team Director
Fourth place in Mexico City was an exceptional result for the Kiwi in his first season and Evans hoped to add to that tally in the Principality.
14th place on the grid left some work to do for the Jaguar driver, but Evans did his utmost to progress up the order and crossed the line only a handful of seconds from tenth place.
Evans spoke of his disappointment after the race,
but soon was given a reason to celebrate as he was elevated up to tenth place following a penalty for da Costa and added another point to his championship record.
Best time in FP1: 54.534s (P11)
Best time in FP2: 53.591s (P15)
Best time in qualifying: 54.115s (P14)
Best time in the race: 55.555s (Lap 18)
Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 56.868s (+3.868s)
“I really love racing in Monaco. We made up some places in the race and came away again with valuable points for the second race in a row – we are making solid progress.
“It’s great to drive for a team that isn’t afraid to take advantage of opportunities when they occur. I think it shows real racing spirit. We are making important gains in many areas and I want to play my part in continuing that momentum now.”
Off the back of his maiden points in Mexico City, Carroll came to a circuit in which he has enjoyed previous success and aimed for another top ten finish.
The day didn’t go to plan for the Ulsterman, however, as a 17th place grid slot already served as an inconvenience at a track known for its lack of overtaking. Carroll spent the majority of the race battling with Duval and d’Ambrosio and brought his Jaguar home in 14th place.
Best time in FP1: 55.238s (P20)
Best time in FP2: 53.971s (P20)
Best time in qualifying: 55.031s (P17)
Best time in the race: 55.959s (Lap 50)
Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 58.885s (+5.885s)
“It was fun to be back racing in Monaco. I have great memories of racing here and today’s race was really exciting. Racing a technical circuit like this while managing your energy and pace brings its own challenges.
“Luck didn’t go our way with the safety car today but we focused on our racing and bringing the car home. A second consecutive points finish means a lot to the whole team.”
Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda