The Jaguar duo believed that if their impressions from shakedown are any indication of the race, race fans can expect an incredible show on Saturday.
“I was pretty surprised with the coupe of laps that we did today” said Piquet.
“Every new track we go to is [always] dusty and bumpy – that’s Formula E. But for some reason this track has half the grip than at the last track we went to [Marrakesh]. It was really pretty shocking. I didn’t know if there was something wrong with the car”.
“It’s going to be hard”, added Piquet. It’s going to heat the tyres up really quickly… I think you’re going to see a lot of mistakes from drivers spinning and locking wheels”.
“There was a lot of sand, which is the first time I’ve seen that on a race track” added Jaguar teammate, Mitch Evans. There’s different surfaces at basically every corner, so we’re going to have our work cut out tomorrow”.
Panasonic Jaguar Team Director, James Barclay saw the apparent disadvantages of the circuit as a positive for Jaguar given the team are effectively still playing catch-up to category stalwarts such as Audi and Renault.
“From a team point of view it’s positive because it’s a blank sheet of paper” said Barclay.
“We’re still the youngest team in the championship. At some circuit’s we go to the teams are returning there for the fourth time, whereas in Santiago it’s a level playing field”.
“The circuit layout is fantastic. It’s a very flowing circuit, but very bumpy -the feedback from the drivers is that the car is constantly moving around, so it’s going to be exciting to watch but very nerve-wracking inside the garage”.
Images: Panasonic Jaguar Racing
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