Panasonic Jaguar Racing boss James Barclay says that the second half of the season presents a “reset” opportunity for the team after its mid-season driver lineup change.
Alex Lynn was recently brought in to replace Nelson Piquet Jr at Jaguar for the remaining seven races, beginning with this weekend’s GEOX Rome E-Prix.
The British manufacturer has endured a tough start to the 2018-19 campaign and has racked up 49 fewer points than it held at the same stage last season.
A fourth-place for Mitch Evans at the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix has been the highlight of the season so far while the Kiwi has contributed to 36 of the 37 points accrued by the team, which sits eighth in the standings.
“From our point of view, in a way, it’s almost like we start a season again in many ways,” Barclay told e-racing365.
“We showed in Sanya that the car had the fastest lap of the race up to the last lap when Jean-Eric Vergne just pipped Mitch, and it was only by a tenth, and it was a flat out race for anyone, really.
“So we know we have a good car, we’ve always said this and we stand by that point.”
Barclay stated that the team can achieve its aims of challenging for podium positions to add to its single third place gained by Mitch Evans in Hong Kong last season.
“I guess what we believe we’re capable of hasn’t changed but we’re going to use this opportunity to reset and restart our season in many ways push towards what we were aiming for, which is to be a team that can fight for podiums,” he said.
Lynn Has “Lots of Potential”
Aston Martin FIA World Endurance Championship racer Lynn has been drafted into the team at short notice after the Piquet Jr split last month, which saw the Brazilian score a single point in the first half of the season.
Barclay said that the decision to choose Lynn stemmed from knowing him from a previous test, an affiliation with Williams as an F1 test driver and also his achievements on his Formula E debut in New York at the end of Season 3.
“It’s obviously mid-season, so it’s not easy but Alex [Lynn] is someone we’ve known right from the start of our Formula E program,” Barclay told e-racing365.
“He tested with us at Donington at the beginning of our program. He’s someone we were very impressed with at the time.”
Barclay added that while Lynn was significantly outscored by his teammate Sam Bird at DS Virgin Racing last season, he sees the 25-year-old British driver as an exciting prospect.
“For us, someone who had experience of Formula E was really important and we felt that Alex hadn’t shown his full capability as he came and got pole position at his first event in New York,” he explained.
“He had a difficult rookie season but was someone who we felt had a lots of potential that wasn’t fulfilled that year.”