Mitch Evans was relieved when he saw Andre Lotterer come through the chicane after the Kiwi made his race-winning move in the Rome ePrix.
The Jaguar Racing driver secured his and Jaguar’s first win in Formula E after a move down the inside of the Turn 11 and 12 chicane which nearly put Lotterer in the wall.
Evans was thankful to see that Lotterer emerged without any damage to his Techeetah driver once he slid past.
“It was never my intention to put him in the wall,” said Evans. “I was a far over to to the right as possible to try and leave him space. I was just trying to get through as cleanly as I could without any contact.
“I was happy to see him in my mirrors and not in the wall. Once I got past I knew I had to pace to pull away from him and try to control the race from there.
The 24-year-old admitted he had to ensure his head didn’t drop when he missed the second attack mode, causing him to drop closer to Lotterer in the closing stages.
“I gave myself some extra stress at the end that I didn’t need when I missed my second attack mode activation, but thankfully I was able to keep the lead and bring it home.”
Evans also credited the team for making good progress in the car, as he admitted that they did fall off the pace in last few races, but he was happy that the team look to be heading in the right direction again.
“After the first two races of the season, I would have thought we would be up there. Instead, we lost some performance in the last few races which have been difficult.
“However, we have found a few things after going down a wrong pathway, and the car seems to be back in the window for more performances like this so I can’t wait for Paris,” concluded Evans.
Evans now sits fourth in the drivers’ championship with 61 points.