Formula E Punta del Este: Evans targets first Jaguar win after charge
|By Alex Kalinauckas and Stuart Codling||Monday, March 19th 2018, 16:25 GMT|
Mitch Evans has targeted scoring Jaguar's first Formula E victory after a charging drive in last weekend's Punta del Este race.
Evans finished fourth after being demoted to 16th on the grid for an incorrect weight distribution on one of his cars, which followed a battery change between the two practice sessions in Uruguay.
He eventually finished just four seconds off the lead after battling his way up the order.
"The new battery was 3kg lighter but it was a 300g thing [that led to the incorrect weight distribution]," Evans, who scored Jaguar's only Formula E podium to date at the Hong Kong season opener, told Autosport.
"It wasn't an advantage but the rules are the rules, and I respect the stewards being consistent with it. We can't argue with it - that's the way it rolls.
"We had a good fast car, and I'm happy to be heading to the next few races hopefully in a position to fight for the win.
"I heard just before the drivers' parade that we were disqualified, which is never something you want to hear after a good qualifying.
"Starting 16th wasn't anywhere near where we should have been - obviously we weren't within the rules, but not intentionally so. It was a very small margin."
The race featured a tense battle for victory between Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi, but the only lead change occurred when the frontrunners came in to pit and were briefly passed by cars running a longer first stint.
But Evans made up 12 positions on his charge, which included a dramatic swoop on Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist for what turned out to be fourth at the track's high-speed Turn 13 right-hander.
When asked if he expected to get as far as he did, Evans said: "Not today, to be honest.
"Other circuits are easier to pass on, such as Santiago and maybe Mexico. It was tricky so I wasn't expecting a top-four finish.
"But when the car's quick, and I think I gelled well with the circuit, you can really make some good progress and that's what we were able to achieve today.
"Obviously the guys at the front, the speed difference is very small. And we all know that JEV is one of the hardest guys to pass."