Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s pre-season objectives of challenging for podium positions and scoring points at most rounds have been met, according to Team Principal James Barclay.
Season Four has seen a promising sophomore showing for the British-entered manufacturer after Mitch Evans clinched its first podium position in Hong Kong and the team sits fifth in the teams’ standings.
However, after Evans claimed Jaguar’s first ever pole position at the Zurich E-Prix last month, a likely podium position evaded him after he was one of several drivers penalized for over-speeding during a Full Course Yellow period.
“I think if I look at our objectives at the start of the season to now, we always said that for our second year the next step of our journey as a new team would be about regularly being in the points,” Barclay told e-racing365.
Jaguar has been in several potential race winning positions, notably at the Rome E-Prix in April when Evans pressured leader Sam Bird but ultimately fell back after using too much energy in his attempts to claim the lead.
A failure to convert these positions has been accepted by Barclay who believes that it is part of the growing pains of getting established in the all-electric championship.
“If I use the example of Rome there’s probably not a driver or team who hasn’t been in that position where they haven’t made that error at some point in their Formula E career, we are just doing now for the first time,” he said.
“I think those moments are vital for us as they just make us stronger.”
Barclay also emphasised a push to be more consistent at challenging for possible wins and is targeting the final races of the season in New York to go all-out for a maiden victory.
“We have shown this year the step-change in performance and pace as a team,” he said.
“Hopefully we can do it [win] at the end of the year, it would be a nice result for the team and for all the hard work that has gone into the program.
“There have been times when we should have been on the podium this year and probably even a win should have been possible.
“But again as a team there are moments where we have put ourselves in a position we are in for the first time and we either get that decision right or we get it wrong.
“When we get it wrong we learn that lesson, no matter how harsh it is.”