Mitch Evans put a woeful start to the season behind him by winning both races at the Rome E-Prix earlier this month. A third win in a row, this time in Monaco, could now lift him to the top of the standings.
It wasn’t easy for the Jaguar Team driver. He started ninth in the first event on Italian soil and had to advance in the peloton to win. The next day, Evans was victorious from fourth in the starting grid.
However, he had only collected a meager point in the first three races of the season, finishing fourth in the standings with 51 points, nine behind Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah). Thus, a good stroll through the streets of the principality can put it on top.
“Rome was a great weekend for me. The team gave me a fast race car and got my championship back on track, according to a statement from Jaguar. Formula E is incredibly competitive, and anything can happen, so I know I have to give,” Evans said. Same precision here in Monaco.”
The race will also take on a special flavor to Evans, as the New Zealander lives in Monaco.
“Without racing in New Zealand, Monaco is the closest thing for me to racing at home, so it’s even more special to race here and after finishing the podium last year I want to reach the top of a career.”
The race in Monaco will be held on the same scheme as last year, almost identical to the Formula 1 race, and the tight corners should come in handy for Jaguar. The team seems to have designed a suspension that is particularly useful in 90-degree turns.
We have a special comment that works in this scenario. It also works very well in other scenarios, but that’s a real advantage,” coach Phil Charles told The Race.
It will still be necessary to find the right balance in the settings. Finding a middle ground between corner entry and corner exit performance is risky. The margin of error is small and it can fall far behind any team that cannot find the balance.
Add to that the impact on the tires, which can easily slip out of the optimum temperature zone, and the puzzle is complete.
“It’s easy to get out of that area just a little bit and suddenly you get stuck. That is why the tournament is so much fun. Consistency is everything.”
“You have to learn every time you fall and try to get back to the top more often. And that is very difficult,” Charles admitted.
The Monaco E-Prix will take place on Saturday and will be broadcast on TVA Sports.
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