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Drivers Call for Energy Management in Season Two

Sergio Jimenez, Simon Evans support energy saving element for I-PACE eTROPHY…

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Two of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY’s leading drivers have suggested that the championship would benefit from an increased energy management element next season.

Sergio Jimenez and Simon Evans, who are first and fourth in the championship after finishing second and third in Berlin, believe the single-make series could better prepare drivers for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

An increased focus on energy management and energy saving techniques is just one of a number of proposed changes for the I-PACE eTROPHY, which debuted as Formula E’s support series this season.

The introduction of an Attack Mode, as was brought into Formula E this season, is also popular with drivers.

“Today, we are full power from the start until the end and we finish with 38, 35 percent battery, it’s a lot,” championship leader Jimenez told e-racing365.

“I know they don’t want it to be less than 20 percent, but I think they could put more power in and so we need to save, so we learn about that and make us prepare [for Formula E].”

Simon Evans, whose brother Mitch races for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Formula E, agrees.

“What I’d enjoy as well is if we had to start conserving energy, I think that might potentially make the series a little bit more attractive,” he told e-racing365.

“If you’re good at saving energy as a driver, you potentially might become more attractive to a Formula E team as well.”

Jimenez suggested the introduction of an Attack Mode would aid overtaking, which has become more difficult given the quality of the I-PACE’s brakes.

Logistically, Attack Mode wouldn’t be too difficult for Jaguar to introduce, as the infrastructure is already in place for Formula E.

“Also where I think they need to improve a little bit is to put some kind of Attack Mode for the race, so we can fight more with the guys,” Jimenez said.

“It’s so hard to overtake now because you brake so late, so I think they can think of something for next year to make the races a little bit more fun also.”

Ultimately, the former Stock Car Brasil and GT3 regular would like to see a combination of Attack Mode, a power increase and longer races in order to create an energy saving element to the races.

“More power, Attack Mode, and maybe with more power, maybe more than we started,” he suggested.

“Then the races can be [longer] because I believe they need to let us need to save battery to understand how it works in Formula E.”

Jimenez and Evans’ views are largely similar to those of Rzadzinski, who suggested Attack Mode and highlighted the quality of the brakes to e-racing365 earlier this month.

Jaguar Racing director James Barclay confirmed the British manufacturer is considering making changes to the series’ race format for its second season, which is expected to get underway in support of the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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