|Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday 15 December – The fifth season of ABB FIA Formula E got off to an electric start today in Saudi Arabia with a double points finish for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. The race saw the debut of the new Generation 2 Jaguar I-TYPE 3 a faster all-electric racecar with greater efficiency and range.
Kiwi Mitch Evans battled inclement weather, a challenging track and bad luck in qualifying to finish fourth, narrowly missing out on a podium position. His Brazilian team mate Nelson Piqet Jr. fought for a valuable point to finish tenth.
The new Ad Diriyah track provided a tricky challenge for all 22 Formula E drivers. An unseasonal rain shower disrupted the free practice sessions which placed further importance on qualifying. Both Jaguar drivers were adversely penalised by Felix Rosenqvist’s crash and were unable to complete flat out 250kW qualifying laps. Despite this Mitch Evans, with the aid of the new Attack Mode power boost, was able to make up four places from eighth place on the grid.