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Evans: ‘Stop the Clock’ Rule Should be Expanded

Mitch Evans says an expansion of the new ‘stop the clock’ policy should be considered…

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans has backed the new ‘stop the clock’ red flag procedure which will come into effect at this weekend’s Rome E-Prix.

However, he has also called for the rule to be used in certain scenarios also involving other race defining procedures such as safety car and Full Course Yellow scenarios.

“I would love that [‘stop the clock’ rule] to be introduced earlier rather than later,” Evans told e-racing365.

“It would be nice for it to be introduced this year, because at the moment they try to do something similar with the red flags but I think in general, even with the safety car or Full Course Yellows, we need to stop the clock.

“This is because even if it’s a completely green race the amount of energy saving we do compared to last year is slightly less so if we get one or two Full Course Yellows, they completely change the dynamics of the race.”

Evans, shares similar views to most of the other drivers who have previously backed a ‘stop the clock’ policy on race neutralizations.

The Jaguar driver cited the risk of races losing genuine racing time and the proliferation of flat-out sprints which have proved to trigger more contact and, as a consequence, further cautions so far this season.

“One of the fundamental things in Formula E is energy saving, so if we don’t do the ‘stop the clock’ there will be less overtaking, less energy saving and less entertainment, so it would be nice for that to be in the rules as soon as possible,” he explained.

The FIA’s Frederic Bertrand told e-racing365 in January that adjustment of usable parameters of energy could be considered for future races in the all-electric championship.

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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    Chira

    April 11, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Completely agree. The race is only 45 mins approx so any time you lose makes a significant difference to the racing. They should either increase the race time to 60 minutes or stop the clock for all full course yellows or safety cars as well as red flags. I want to see some efficiency racing throughout the race, not just right at the end.

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