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Evans: Attack Mode Placement “Saved” Vergne

Mitch Evans says a lack of lost time in the attack zone at Bern cost him a shot at victory….

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The positioning of the Attack Zone at the Bern track cost Mitch Evans a possible second ABB FIA Formula E Championship victory according to the Jaguar driver.

Evans finished just 0.16 seconds behind Jean-Eric Vergne’s victorious DS Techeetah on Saturday, despite concerted efforts to claim victory.

The positioning of the Attack Zone, on a short straight after Turn 8, meant drivers lost very little time in triggering the transponder loops to get their two hits of 25kW of attack boost.

“The thing that saved him today was that there was no time lost with the attack mode,” Evans told e-racing365.

“That really saved him. I gave it a good go but came up a little bit short.”

Evans, who elevated himself to third in the points standings with the second place result, also revealed that his pace was compromised by Vergne.

“I was under consuming and extremely comfortable and I wasn’t meaning to under consume but he was holding me up that much that I could afford to and still keep at him,” he explained.

“The last few laps were pretty wild and we had a good crack and it was extremely hard to gauge the conditions.”

Evans felt he could have taken more risks to try and clear Vergne but admitted that the reigning champion used “wise” defensive tactical positioning of his car throughout the race.

“I could have risked it a bit more in a few situations but he [Vergne] is pretty wise when it comes to defending,” he said.

“Yes I was happy to see the checkered flag but I wanted to put enough pressure on, so if he did make a mistake I could capitalize on it.

“He drove well, he defended and he deserves the win to be honest.”

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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