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Barclay: Jaguar “Evolving” with Tech Team Shake-Up

Panasonic Jaguar Racing has re-shuffled its technical team ahead of Season Five…..

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing team director James Barclay says the British squad has ‘evolved’ its technical department ahead of the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

It has seen two senior members of its engineering management team leave in recent months, prompting a team-wide shake-up.

John Russell, who held the position of principal vehicle engineer, has left his position with the team but remains as an engineering consultant to Jaguar Land Rover, while e-racing365 revealed in July that head of powertrain Selin Tur was also departing.

Tur will take up new challenges away from motorsport and is set to vacate her position at the end of this month.

These departures have hastened changes within the team with several existing members being given different roles.

“Fundamentally from a team perspective it is something that with knowing those changes were coming we needed to evolve and re-structure a little,” Barclay told e-racing365.

“The core team we have in place is the core team that has been responsible for this car as well. So, we will be adding some additional resource to that.

“From a race engineering point of view we will also be making some small changes as well Paul [Davison] steps up to be Nelson [Piquet Jr.]’s race engineer and [former Piquet engineer] Patrick Coorey will move in to a senior position internally as well as he has some skill sets we wanted to bring into the team.”

Coorey’s promotion will see him take on the role of design office manager, while Craig Wilson and Phil Charles hold the roles of race director and technical manager, respectively.

Davison, who previously worked for the Williams F1 team, was brought in to the Jaguar fold ahead of Season Four largely on the advice of Piquet. The Brazilian worked with Davison at the Piquet Sports GP team in 2006.

“We will replace Paul as a performance engineer too,” added Barclay.

“We are evolving as a team still and as we have parallel race and development programs this is becoming more and more important as every season develops in Formula E.”

Mitch Evans’ side of the garage is set to remain unchanged as long-time Williams Advanced Engineering employee Josep Roca continues to engineer the Kiwi.

Jaguar revealed the I-Type 3, its Gen 2 car, in a launch event at the Design Museum in London on Wednesday.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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