MITCH EVANS LEADS DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER DOMINANT MEXICO CITY E-PRIX WIN FOR PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
- Mitch Evans wins round five of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City, Mexico
- The New Zealander’s second Formula E victory sees him take the lead in the Formula E drivers’ championship
- Teammate James Calado was disqualified post-race after a technical energy infringement
- Panasonic Jaguar Racing now sits second in the ABB FIA Formula E teams’ championship
- The British racing team head to round six in Marrakesh on 29 February 2020
17 February 2020, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, won the 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix in one of the most dominant performances in Formula E. Crossing the line over four seconds ahead of second place António Félix da Costa, Mitch Evans controlled the race from the first corner of the first lap.
After topping his qualifying group session and achieving P2 in Super Pole, Evans took the lead from André Lotterer [TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E driver] after a battle on the first corner of the Mexico City E-Prix and delivered an outstanding drive to take the win.
Scoring 26 points for the British racing team, Evans now leads the drivers’ championship by one point and the team sits second in the team’s championship.
The weekend was bitter-sweet after teammate James Calado crossed the line in P9 before being disqualified due to a technical energy infringement.
Mitch Evans, #20: “This result is a huge testament to the team and their hard work since our issues in Santiago – what a brilliant weekend for the team. It is great to show the pace the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 has, not just over one lap, but a whole race. After a close overtake with André Lotterer on the first corner I took the lead and then focussed on keeping my head down and being as efficient as possible. We’ve really shown our pace this weekend and now the plan is to achieve this again across the season.”
James Calado #51: “I have mixed emotions after today’s race. I think we did well to get into the top 10, finishing ninth on track. To then be disqualified is never easy, but we will look to take the positives from the race – I climbed 10 places and got the most out of the I-TYPE 4. I now need to work hard on my qualifying ahead of the next race to understand what I need to improve and how to pull everything together for the all-important qualifying lap. It’s a great moment for the team as Mitch achieves his second Formula E victory.”
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director: “What a race – a great day for the team and everyone at Jaguar! Mitch and the team delivered a flawless performance today and a convincing win. On the other side of the garage, James delivered a great race finishing P9 but we were unfortunate to have the disqualification post-race after a minor technical infringement. It’s a brilliant moment for the team and all the hard work has paid off today, we will relish this one before getting back to work preparing for Marrakesh and aiming to keep up this positive momentum.”
Panasonic Jaguar Racing now heads to Marrakesh on 29 February 2020 for round six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.