Evans: Title challenge still possible despite Jaguar’s ‘wrong direction’
Jaguar’s Mitch Evans believes he still has an outside chance of challenging for the championship this season but concedes that Jaguar took the wrong direction earlier this the season and lost some performance as a result.
After an encouraging fourth place finish at the season-opener in Ad Diriyah, Evans has only once finished higher than seventh since and occupies a disappointing 10th place in the drivers’ championship standings.
The Kiwi, who will start today’s Rome E-Prix from the front row after almost winning the inaugural race here last year, admits that his Jaguar team took a wrong direction in recent races but has high hopes for the second half of this season.
“The first few races were strong for us, we were competitive but we’re still trying to evolve things and refine it. Sometimes, not every step you take to try and help things will work out,” Evans told eRacing Magazine.
“Sometimes it’s not completely obvious as well. It’s very difficult, the championship, this technology, so yeah, we’ve just maybe gone in the slightly wrong direction the last few races, but we’re hoping to redeem that and change things for the rest of the season.”
“The motivation within the team [is still there], the work that’s been going in is super high, we just need a few things to go our way.
“We’ve changed a few things this weekend, so we hope to improve then get ourselves back at the front where we were in Marrakesh and Saudi.”
Despite not having scored a podium this season, Evans is currently enjoying a seven-race points-scoring streak stretching back to race two of the New York season-finale last July.
Evans, however, believes bigger results are on the horizon and is not ruling out a championship challenge if Jaguar can rediscover its early season pace.
“It’s been a good run, but I’m definitely not satisfied with the results because the whole team including me is here to be winning and on the podium,” said Evans.
“We’ve not achieved that this year, so that’s definitely one of the biggest targets for us as a team.
“The car’s quick, it has pace, but you also need to find the sweet spot, which we had but. Once we find that sweet spot again we’ll be on the pace and I’m still in the championship hunt so I still have hope.
“It’s super tight between the top 10 and there’s still a lot of points to be had so that’s my target even though at the moment maybe it doesn’t seem realistic. If we can turn things around for the rest of the season, it can change very quickly.”
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