James Barclay: Jaguar Racing performance shows 'fine margins in Formula E'
Panasonic Jaguar Racing team boss James Barclay has said that the British marque's performance at last weekend's Berlin E-Prix highlights the fine margins of the all-electric Formula E championship.
In Berlin, Jaguar Racing experienced its second point-less race weekend of the 2018/19 season, with both Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn failing to finish inside of the top 10.
The weekend at the Flughafen Tempelhof Circuit saw Lynn secure his first Super Pole appearance for Jaguar while the Briton ran as high as third in the race before a technical problem forced the driver into retirement.
For Evans meanwhile, a difficult qualifying session harmed the Kiwi's chances for the race, and despite making up an impressive six positions through the field, the Rome E-Prix race winner was unable to penetrate the top 10, taking the chequered flag in 12th.
"This wasn’t the result we wanted," said Barclay. "There are such fine margins in Formula E and we saw that [in Berlin].
"We need to go away to look at the route of the problem Alex [Lynn] had with his car in the race and what caused the difficulties Mitch [Evans] had in qualifying.
"It is important that we remain positive as a team. The pace in Free Practice and Alex’s first Super Pole for the team are positives from a tough day.
"We know the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 is quick and we’ll come back fighting for the next race in Bern."
Despite failing to finish the 10th round of the season, Lynn was self-assured at his performance after running competitively at the sharp end of the field, confident that Jaguar will resolve its issues ahead of the Bern E-Prix next month:
"All weekend the car showed really strong pace It was great to be competing in my first Super Pole for the team and be fighting at the front of the race," said Lynn. "It’s a shame we didn’t get the result we wanted on this occasion.
"Unfortunately I had an issue with the car, which meant I couldn’t continue. I am confident the guys can find out what went wrong. We have a few weeks now to concentrate on getting a good result in Bern."
Evans added: "Obviously it’s disappointing to not be in the points. Trying to work our way through the middle of the field wasn’t easy – we made up six places, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
"There’s a lot we can learn from this race and I’m happy with how quick the car was in Free Practice. We’ll be doing all we can to get back into the points in Bern."
The aforementioned Bern E-Prix will take place on June 22 and will mark the penultimate round of Formula E's fifth season of competition.