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2022 Method E: Evans, Jaguar rating double victory in Rome | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Jaguar TCS Racing gained each rounds of the Rome E-Prix, whereas Mahindra Racing’s poor luck continued.

Mitch Evans handed Jaguar TCS Racing two back-to-back wins on the streets of Rome. However it’s DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne who took the championship lead after ending fourth and second within the two races.

  • Evans gained Race 1 forward of Frijns and Vandoorne
  • Vergne and Frijns on the rostrum in Race 2
  • Mahindra Racing undergo double retirement

Rome E-Prix: Race 1

Polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ) and Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns spent many of the race battling for the lead. In the meantime Evans – who scored his and Jaguar’s first Method E victory in Rome in 2019 – was steadily making his manner up the order from ninth on the grid.

Utilizing the additional energy from his second Assault Mode, Evans efficiently handed Vandoorne and Frijns to take the lead. With each Vandoorne and Frijns now battling it out for second place, Evans was capable of open up a cushty hole out at entrance. He ended up taking victory, 5.703 seconds forward of Frijns, whereas Vandoorne rounded out the rostrum.

Rome E-Prix: Race 2

Evans adopted that up with one other victory the following day, this time because of strategic use of his Assault Mode. Saving his second Assault Mode until the very finish of the race, Evans took the enhance with lower than eight minutes on the clock. The added energy helped him go Porsche’s Andre Lotterer for the lead on the hill as much as Flip 7.

The Jaguar driver remained in management out at entrance within the closing levels, whereas Vergne and Frijns slipped previous Lotterer to seize the opposite two podium spots.

Talking after the race, Evans stated, “This weekend has been a dream. I hoped to return to Rome and get some stable factors, however a double win is simply unimaginable. Yesterday was wonderful however I knew it might be actually arduous to do repeat once more as we speak as these double-headers may be difficult. The Jaguar I-TYPE 5 has been simply good. That is our third win right here now and I’m going to take this unimaginable feeling and momentum into Monaco.”

Disappointing races for Mahindra

Mahindra Racing’s disappointing begin to the season continued in Rome. Each, Oliver Rowland and Alexander Sims acknowledged that they struggled to dial-in the automotive throughout qualifying. And whereas the crew’s race efficiency gave the impression to be higher, each drivers have been concerned in separate incidents.

Rowland needed to retire his automotive after an early incident with Edoardo Mortara within the first race. Sims completed the race 12th, outdoors the factors. Issues have been even rougher within the subsequent race, with Mahindra struggling a double retirement – Rowland’s automotive misplaced energy, and Sims suffered a race-ending incident whereas climbing in the direction of the factors. 

Reflecting on the crew’s efficiency, Mahindra Racing’s CEO and crew principal Dilbagh Gill stated, “This was our poorest exhibiting in recent times, which is a disgrace as a result of lots of arduous work went into the preparation. We beneath achieved partly as a result of we have been chasing our personal automotive all weekend and partly because of some dangerous luck. However everyone knows you possibly can place your self outdoors of the unfortunate zone by qualifying inside the highest eight.”

2022 Method E championship standings

It’s a decent battle within the championship, with 9 factors separating the highest 5 drivers. Vergne is main the standings by simply two factors from Frijns. Vandoorne is an additional two factors adrift in third place, whereas Evans is 5 factors behind him.

Subsequent up on the Method E calendar is the Monaco E-Prix, the place all-new Gen3 automotive will even be revealed.

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