Mitch Evans left Rome “gutted” after he ran out of energy on the final lap of the race, costing the Jaguar Racing driver a podium finish.
The Kiwi was in the battle for the lead of the race with Sam Bird and Lucas Di Grassi, but lost too much energy trying to pass Bird and then defend from Di Grassi behind.
Evans had to pull to the side of the track halfway around the final tour of the circuit and fell down to ninth position.
The 23-year-old acknowledged that he consumed too much energy in the last stint, which is something he knows he has to improve for the next race in Paris.
“I thought we put ourselves in a great position for the end of the race,” stated Evans. “When I saw Felix retire, I thought this was ours to win, but unfortunately, the Full Couse Yellow played in Sam’s hands. We could have won.
“When you save so much energy under FCY the targets go up; the higher the target, the harder it is to pass.
“Attacking Bird chewed up a lot of energy and then trying to defend straight after from Di Grassi, I was just so far in the red in terms of energy that to finish the race in the points was a surprise.
“I had one opportunity to pass Bird when he made a mistake in Turn 5, and I thought that was my time. I couldn’t make it through and the next two laps destroyed my race in terms of consumption. I will learn a lot from today. Personally, I have to take it on the chin, but I’m confident we can come back in Paris,” concluded Evans
The Jaguar driver was also frustrated that the car has had the pace to win races this season, but they haven’t been able to take advantage of the opportunities when they were presented.
“Its been the same case all season. We have been quick in most practice session and qualifyings, but it was nice to start at the front today, which we haven’t done much so far.
“Racing at the front was great and going a lap longer was a good call by the team. Obviously, energy management was strong, but we have to learn how to ensure that we finally win races when the opportunity comes up as we have let a few go this season.”