James Barclay says that Panasonic Jaguar Racing came away from Marrakesh in a positive frame of mind despite a severely compromized weekend.
Both Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. suffered damage and delay during the melee which was triggered by Jean-Eric Vergne attempting to wrest the lead from Sam Bird at the first corner.
Evans, who had qualified in fifth position, not only had to slow for the gyrating Vergne but was then also hit by Pascal Wehrlein who in turn had been contacted by Lucas di Grassi.
The resulting damage saw significant diffusor damage to Evans’ Jaguar I-Type 3 car in addition to some other specified damage.
Piquet was also forced to take avoiding action and fell down the order before finishing 14th.
“We had very good pace with Mitch topping practice two and despite a slight mistake in Super Pole we know that the speed was in the car and we were positive and fight for the podium,” Barclay told e-racing365.
“Unfortunately that first corner incident saw Mitch go from 5th to 15th and Nelson went to 8th to 19th so we got massively penalized through now real fault of our own.
“That meant really our race was done in terms of fighting for a podium and we went for points at best which is what we got with Mitch’s ninth position.”
Barclay said the pace shown prior to the race had given the team some consolatory perspective heading to Santiago next week.
“Looking at the positives we were able to get something even with a compromized car so at least there was some consolation there,” said Barclay.
“We always said at the start of the season that we wanted to come to the race and fight for podiums and we are on track with that.”