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Unchanged Lineup for Jaguar in Season Five

Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. are set to continue with Jaguar in Season Five…

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s driver lineup will remain unchanged for the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr. will continue for the British-entered team.

Team Principal James Barclay has confirmed to e-racing365 that Evans and Piquet will race the Jaguar I-Type 3 next season.

Barclay believes that keeping both drivers will solidify Jaguar’s quest for its first victory and to become a title force in the all-electric championship.

“Mitch has shown that he is really capable of being right on the pace at the front as well,” Barclay told e-racing365.

“He is a great find for us as a team when we came into the championship with someone who is really showing that he is right on the cusp of something special.”

“Nelson likewise has had some great racing performances and from our perspective we are happy with what both drivers bring to the team.

“So, there is no reason to change and we are continuing to build a stable foundation where we can capitalize on the promise and points haul we have achieved in what is just our second season at this level.”

Jaguar scored a best result of third position at the season-opening event in Hong Kong in December.

Since then the team has accrued a total of 105 points but has failed to convert potential race-winning positions in Punta del Este and Rome.

However, the 2017-18 points tally, which is currently good for fifth position, dwarves the 27 scored in the team’s debut season of 2016-17.

Barclay says that the large amount of personnel changes that came after its first season is unlikely to be replicated heading in to Season 5.

“Largely the changes that we made this year are absolutely have helped us evolve,” said Barclay.

“Things never stand still though so as we go into the offseason and we prepare for the next one, as every team in the pitlane does and will be doing, it is just looking where we could be better, where we think we have a real handle on things.

“However, as a core team I think that we have a good group of people who are doing actually a great job and it is now about evolving together as we move forward.

“Too much change creates a new learning and for us it is about moving forward as a team and building this experience together.”

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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