Evans wondering ‘what if’ after early-season issues hampered title hopes
Evans began the season with a competitive fourth-place finish at the season-opener in Ad Diriyah but failed to finish higher than sixth until his maiden Formula E victory at the Rome E-Prix six races later.
With two further podium finishes in the second half of the season, Evans entered the final race just 25 points adrift of eventual champion Jean-Eric Vergne but believes he would have been on-par had results gone his way earlier in the year.
“100% [it makes me thinks ‘what if’]. The car I have now compared to what I had after three or four races is a different beast,” said Evans.
“We still scored in those races but we got lucky to pick up a few points here and there and realistically if I had the car I have now back then we’d have given ourselves a better chance of fighting for this championship.”
Despite his struggles, Evans has been one of the more consistent drivers on the grid this season, scoring points in 10 of the 13 rounds and achieving a career-best position of fifth in the drivers’ championship.
Evans explained how some small changes to his car turned his season around and allowed him to secure a first FE victory in Rome, but the Kiwi believes there’ll still be some frustration felt within the team as the issue that hampered their pace prior to that was ‘avoidable’
“A few things came together. We had a dip in performance after Marrakesh, from Chile to Sanya we were nowhere. We juggled things for Rome and since then the car’s been really strong. To capitalise on that pace [in the second half of the seson] is really nice,” said Evans.
“To be honest, I think everyone’s got their own little story of ‘what if’ because everyone’s been so inconsistent and up and down. It’s only really JEV recently that’s had some consistency that’s given him that little buffer of a lead.
“It’s just so competitive that you need to get it right on the day when it counts but I think the whole team will go into the off-season wondering ‘what if’ when we know, it wasn’t an easy fix, but it was an avoidable one let’s say.”
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