New York E-Prix - 14 July
Panasonic Jaguar Racing Celebrate Best Formula E Season
- British team achieve their season objectives with three podiums, five Super Pole appearances and first victory
- Round 13 the season finale of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York
- Alex Lynn made up five places to finish P16
- Mitch Evans had a collision with Lucas Di Grassi on the final lap, finishing P17 narrowly missing out on a championship podium finish
- Mitch Evans finishes fifth in driver standings; Panasonic Jaguar Racing finish seventh in team standings
New York E-Prix
Panasonic Jaguar Racing suffered a disappointing end to a positive season at a hot and humid season five finale in Brooklyn, New York City. Mitch Evans suffered a collision with Lucas di Grassi in the final lap – dropping from P6 to P17.
Alex Lynn succeeded in bringing his Jaguar I-TYPE 3 over the line in P16, despite lining up on the grid in P21, and having to serve a drive-through penalty in the opening lap for a motor change.
Mitch’s podium on Saturday kept his title ambitions alive until the last race of season five. He faced a difficult challenge running in qualifying group one. The Kiwi lined up on the grid in P8, but robust defending from Daniel Abt delivered limited overtaking opportunities.
Alex continued to demonstrate excellent pace throughout the weekend, but a problem in qualifying meant that the British driver would start at the back of the grid.
Mitch finishes the season fifth in the driver standings – just three points off di Grassi in third, while Panasonic Jaguar Racing finish seventh in the team standings.
James Barclay, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team Director: “I’m incredibly proud of everything Panasonic Jaguar Racing have achieved this season. We’ve had three podium finishes – and our first win in Rome – which is testament to the hard work of all the team. Fighting for the championship up until the last race of the season shows the progress we’ve made. Although it was ultimately frustrating, we gave it our best shot today.
“The team have created a fantastic racecar with the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 and it has shown great speed and efficiency during the season. Season five has been important as we’ve learned to win as a team and run at the front of the championship.
“I would like to thank Mitch and Alex who have really worked well together and brought success to the team. We are also grateful to all our partners and fans who support us in Formula E. The work for season six has already begun. It will be the toughest season yet but that motivates us and makes us even hungrier for more success.”
Mitch Evans, #20: “I tried my best and gave it everything today. Obviously, when you are heading into the final race with a chance of finishing the season in first, or more realistically, second place, it’s disappointing to end up finishing fifth. I knew I needed pole to really have a crack at taking the championship today, so to miss out by half a tenth was a real shame, and that’s what cost me the championship. We’ve made great progress as a team – particularly in the second half of the season – so we should all be really proud. The guys have given me a great racecar in the I-TYPE 3, and we’ve shown great pace, so I’m grateful for that.”
Alex Lynn, #3: “Saturday’s race made our lives very difficult in two ways; firstly, not finishing yesterday, but also the grid penalty for the motor change. We had strong pace, but unfortunately the race didn’t open up for us as much as it could have done, which restricted our progress up the field. To finish P12 under the circumstances was something, but I felt we deserved more given our pace throughout the weekend. I want to thank everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing – we’ve some good races, some that didn’t quite come off, but I’ve had a great second-half of the season with the team. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
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New York E-Prix in Photos
About the circuit
The Brooklyn circuit is a very technical track, which has been compared to the Circuit Des Invalides in Paris as one of the more difficult tracks in the Season’s roster.
The first turn is a sharp hairpin bend, with the cars still packed tightly from the starting grid. This will likely force a very intense start as the limited space pushes the racers into close contact. The drivers will continue to jockey for position going into the next two turns which form a tight chicane. All the straights on the Brooklyn circuit are relatively short, so there is not much opportunity to really build speed to accelerate away from the competition.
Finding the right line in each corner will be crucial. Turns 5 to 9 are packed close together, and the only real opportunity to reach top speed will be coming out of turn 9, round the long slow bend of turn 10 into the finish straight. The drivers will be under a lot of pressure to perform here in the Season 4 finale in New York, and this technical track will undoubtedly add to the challenge. Be sure to tune in for this unmissable race.