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Carroll “Ready and Hungry” for Formula E Return

Adam Carroll is targeting a return to Formula E after a frustrating season with Jaguar…

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Adam Carroll is targeting a return to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the near future and says he is “ready and hungry” to race again.

Carroll, who took two points-scoring finishes for Panasonic Jaguar Racing last season, was replaced at the team by Nelson Piquet Jr. last summer.

Since then, the Irishman has taken some time out of the sport but is now determined to come back into the electric series.

“I want to race again in Formula E, I know I can bring a lot to a team with the experience I have,” Carroll told e-racing365.

“I’m one of only a handful of drivers who has extensive recent experience of Formula E, I understand it and I have something to prove in it too.”

Carroll has remained completely silent about his time with Jaguar in Season Three. This is despite the frustration of a campaign which saw many of his races compromised by operational mistakes by his team and assorted misfortune.

Running ahead of teammate Mitch Evans for much of the Mexico City E-Prix last season, Carroll was asked by his team to let the Kiwi through.

When a last-lap accident shuffled the pack it was Carroll who lost time and Evans who came home in fourth position.

In Paris a team error in the pits cost him likely points too, while a similar result was squandered in Montreal after he was bizarrely sacrificed on a strategy call and left out for an extra lap compared to the rest of the field.

“It was far from an easy season, there were many challenges and some tough times inside the team but we never gave up,” said Carroll.

“I’m not going to start criticising anything or anyone, that’s not my style. Yes, some things could have gone better but I tried my best at the end of the day in some tough circumstances and in a series which was new to everyone.

“It would have been nice to continue [with Jaguar] but it was taken out of my hands to some extent.

“I wish Jaguar well because they are a great racing brand and I’ll be one of the first to raise a cheer when they do win a race.”

Options for Carroll appear to be confined to test and reserve driver roles at present but he believes he is one of the best “plug-in and play” options for teams at present.

“I’m fit, I’m ready, but most importantly I am hungry to show what I can really do in Formula E,” he said.

“I’ve stayed in contact with some teams and they know I can come in immediately as I don’t have any conflicting programs at present.

“It’s a class field but even last year when we were struggling I didn’t fear anyone because I had already proved in other series I can compete with the best.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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