Jaguar’s first-ever Formula E podium has been described as having “exceeded expectations” by team principal James Barclay.
Mitch Evans was promoted to third in Race 2 following Daniel Abt’s exclusion from Sunday’s Hong Kong E-Prix.
Jaguar’s points haul over the weekend, which also included Nelson Piquet Jr. claiming fourth place on Saturday, sees the team sit fifth in the standings and already equalling the points earned from last season.
“We felt like a podium was on today so I am delighted for Mitch and the whole team,” said Barclay. “This weekend has exceeded our expectations but we won’t let it go to our heads and we still have many areas to improve upon. Hopefully this is the first of many podiums ahead.”
Evans held third for 20 laps before slipping behind a recovering Felix Rosenqvist after being delayed exiting his pit.
“I was licking my lips when I got into third and was hoping to stay there but we had a delay in the pit stops with cars coming in and out and I lost position to Felix, but he would have passed me anyway as he was so much faster,” said Evans before knowing he had been elevated to a podium position.
Despite the encouraging showing for Jaguar in Hong Kong, Evans sounded some frustration in not being able to get on terms with Mortara and Abt in the opening phase of the second race.
“We were strong in qualifying over one lap where we seemed to be one of the benchmarks but we’ve still got some work to do in a race distance as I just couldn’t keep up with the guys ahead. The pace just dropped off unfortunately with both cars.
“I was licking my lips when I got into third and was hoping to stay there but we had a delay in the pit stops with cars coming in and out and I lost position to Felix, but he would have passed me anyway as he was so much faster.”
Evans praised his team and believes that a strong season is on the cards.
“I am happy with the result and the points for the team. We were looking good and the season looks positive,” said the Kiwi.
“The guys have worked so hard at the factory to produce a new powertrain and we have come so far. I am really proud to be part of this team and am happy to reward them with some points, so hopefully it is the start of a good season.”