Buenos Aires showed that Jaguar Racing had made good steps forwards during the three-month break, as Mitch Evans just missed out on securing the teams’ first points.
Evans qualified at a career-best seventh in Formula E, and also Jaguar’s first top ten start since their return to racing.
“That was awesome to come away from qualifying feeling satisfied with our performance,” said Evans. “The team has worked really hard to make progress. We’ve made a really good step forward and that is evident from the result in qualifying.”
“The first half of the race was good, but I got a bit caught up in the first lap action, and I lost two places which was a bit disappointing, but then the full course yellow neutralised everything and I made up a few places.
“I was looking forward to holding my position in the second stint, but unfortunately I was struggling to manage the energy for some reason and couldn’t push as hard as before.
“I dropped four places and ended up just out of the points. It was really disappointing not to come away with our first points, but it just wasn’t meant to be this time. I’m really looking forward to Mexico and this weekend has been a really good motivator for the whole team and a good confidence builder. We will build on that and keep improving as a team.”
“I’m really looking forward to Mexico and this weekend has been a really good motivator for the whole team and a good confidence builder. We will build on that and keep improving as a team, ” said Evans.
Jaguar’s Team Principal James Barclay was delighted by the progress of the team in Argentina, but the Brit know that the team still needs to improve.
“This was our best qualifying result this season,” said Barclay. “A really great job by everyone in the team for making positive steps forward since our last race in Marrakesh in November. Things have truly come together, and Mitch did really well managing to run with the front pack.
“As always, we are here to improve, especially now in our first year of the championship, our learning year. It was a real shame for Adam to have an issue at the start and it was a huge fight to get back and catch up with the rest of the pack, but he did a great job.”
It was a tough day on the other side of the garage as Adam Carroll struggled in qualifying and failed to get off the line at the start of the race, but the Northern Irish racer was happy with the data the team collected from the race.
“Today was tough. The start of the day was promising, we just lost our way a little bit in the second practice as we wanted to keep the car safe for qualifying and not risk anything. I obviously hoped to be a lot faster than I was, but I can improve on that.”
“I’d hoped to have a strong race and come through, but I had an issue with the start, right when I was about to take off I couldn’t launch the car. We’re not sure why and it’s something that the engineers are looking into now. Luckily, I was able to get going and could continue and complete the race. We got a lot of useful data out of it but unfortunately no result this time,” said Carroll.