Mitch Evans was ‘gutted’ after missing out on the chance to secure his and Jaguar’s first Formula E win in Rome, falling to ninth on the final lap after using too much energy.
After qualifying a career-best third, Evans kept pace with the leaders in the first half of the race and ran a lap longer to gain track position. A full course yellow was brought out with ten laps remaining after Felix Rosenqvist had retired from the lead, neutralising the race and effectively cancelling out the advantage Evans had gained during the first stint.
Following the restart, Evans then used too much energy trying to pass eventual race winner Sam Bird and had to cruise around the final lap, crossing the line in ninth place.
“I’m gutted. We were in a position to potentially win the race,” said Evans. “The first FCY, I was a bit gutted because when you’re on my strategy, the last thing you want is safety cars and full course yellows because [other drivers] gain so much energy from this and all the targets end up going up, and the lifting points become shorter.
“What I want is for them to be as slow as possible, because that’s when the pace is slow, the coasting points are long, there’s more opportunity for me to pass,” he explained.
“The second one completely destroyed me, because I had used a lot to catch up to [Bird] and the second one completely saved him. I had one opportunity to pass and had Lucas [Di Grassi] right behind me.
“I used way too much energy on that lap, and it was a downward spiral from there.”
Evans narrowly missed out on a second podium of the season at the last round in Punta del Este and believes a big result will soon come following the Jaguar team’s recent upturn in form.
“Starting in the top three, you want to be finishing there or better. It’s nice to be racing the guys at the front, but this should have happened many races ago.
“I just need to work out how to be a bit smarter in those situations. It’s a very different approach when it comes to attacking people in this championship when it comes to consumption. There’s a lot for me to learn but I’ll come back strong and hopefully spray some champagne soon.”
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