Mitch Evans believes he sent a “strong message” to his Formula E Rivals after his impressive race in the Marrakesh E-Prix.
Evans had looked impressive in practice, setting the fastest time, but the Jaguar Racing driver started the race from the back of the field after a disastrous qualifying session, after failing to cross the start/finish line before the chequered flag came out in the group qualifying round.
But, despite the difficult task ahead of him in the race, Evans carved his way through the order to finish the race in sixth place, also recording the fastest lap in the process.
Speaking about his race, Evans said: “A massive race. I managed to gain 18 places to finish P6 from the back of the grid and achieve fastest lap so I will take that result with open arms.
“After an unfortunate qualifying the priority in the race was damage limitation during the E-Prix and a huge thanks for the team for a great strategy in the race.
“I wanted to send a strong message to the rest of the field and I believe this performance does that.”
Jaguar Racing Team Director, James Barclay also commented that he was impressed with Evans’ performance and that the team still managed to salvage a decent result, but he is still frustrated about their error in qualifying, as their pace could have put Evans on pole.
“After a long race with no safety cars or yellow flags, the performance from Mitch and the team to make up 18 positions and finish strongly in the points was very impressive.” commented Barclay.
“It’s very difficult to come through the field without gaining advantage from those factors and so overall an amazing race for Mitch and the team.
“We also scored important points with fastest lap but it doesn’t fully make up for the lost opportunity in qualifying where we had the quickest car.
“We regrouped and bounced back today which is a positive and a sign of how well the team is working.
“Overall the team recovered well this weekend, secured crucial points and importantly we clearly have the right ingredients for another strong performance next time out.”