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Closed Circuit: Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh

It was another point-scoring finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Marrakesh, with Nelson Piquet Jr bringing home fourth place and the fastest lap, enough for the team to consolidate fourth in the team’s standings.

THE TEAM

Panasonic Jaguar Racing showed once again the improvements that it has made since their debut season, with Nelson Piquet Jr running consistently in the top ten and bringing home fourth place for the team after battling with the likes of Jose Maria Lopez and Jean-Eric Vergne throughout the race.

It was a more difficult day for Mitch Evans on the other side of the garage, who qualified ninth on the grid and damaged his car in the early stages following contact with a rival. The timing of the Full Course Yellow didn’t help matters and the Kiwi ended the race out of the points in 14th.

Nonetheless, the British squad once again proved that they are now a force to be reckoned with and look on course to challenge for more podiums and maybe even a maiden victory.

Team mate comparison: qualifying
  • Nelson Piquet Jr
  • Mitch Evans

Team mate comparison: race
  • Nelson Piquet Jr
  • Mitch Evans

“Both drivers started the race really well, gaining places in the first few laps which was important for our track positioning. Nelson had a fantastic car change, came out in fourth place and from there he settled into a really good rhythm and energy management, meaning that he could push right up to the finish of the race. The podium was so close. What I’m really positive about is that we have a car, a team and drivers that are capable of getting on the podium. We saw that again today so we take that as a massive step forward and I wish we could go racing again tomorrow.”


James Barclay, Team Director

Championship standings
  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Nelson Piquet Jr

After two disappointing seasons scrapping for points, Marrakesh served as an excellent reminder of why Nelson Piquet Jr is a champion of Formula E.

The Brazilian qualified his Jaguar in seventh and wasted no time in battling with those around him, working his way up to fourth as he fought past the likes of Jose Maria Lopez and Jean-Eric Vergne. With Sam Bird in his sights, Piquet did everything in his power to chase down the Englishman and fight for a podium, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Ultimately Piquet fell short by less than a second, but not only does his speed prove the potential of the car but also that he hasn’t lost any of his stellar energy management and outright speed. Expect podiums from Piquet soon.

Best time in FP1: 1:21.819s (P8)

Best time in FP2: 1:20.115s (P5)

Best time in qualifying: 1:20.585s (P7)

Best time in the race: 1:22.832s (lap 32)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 45.625s (+0.625s)

“The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 was very strong in the second part of the race and I’m really happy. The team has been doing an amazing job, working really hard and progressing every weekend. The car is evolving a lot and the set-up is getting better at each race. There are lots of new members in the team that are getting used to Formula E, so I’m really happy to be sustaining the positive momentum since Hong Kong and hopefully we will be fighting for podiums in the future.”

Championship standings
  • Nelson Piquet Jr

Mitch Evans

Whilst Piquet was enjoying a successful run to fourth, Evans had a day to forget in Marrakesh.

Early contact bent the steering column on his first car which left the Kiwi with more work to do than he should have. With his first car also enduring issues with energy management, Evans was more than pleased to see his second car but had an uphill climb in the second half of the race.

Unfortunately 14th place was all that Evans had to show for his efforts, with the general consensus being that there was a lot more potential, especially considering his maiden podium last time out in Hong Kong.

Best time in FP1: 1:21.612s (P4)

Best time in FP2: 1:20.001s (P4)

Best time in qualifying: 1:20.690s (P9)

Best time in the race: 1:23.308s (lap 19)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 45.743s (+0.743s)

“The race was OK. We had a couple of laps where we were high in consumption and we are not sure why. Our strategy was to go a lap longer like everyone else but we had to pit a lap earlier than expected. Nelson had a great race, so I’m pleased for him and the team. We will look at all the data from this weekend and hopefully in Santiago we will be fighting for the points again.”

Championship standings
  • Mitch Evans

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.