Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans has told Inside Electric that with Mercedes and Porsche now joining the all-electric championship, the level of competition in Formula E is likely to increase and get tougher as a result.
Evans, who secured his and Jaguar’s first Formula E win in Rome, was one of nine different winners last season across just 13 rounds.
“When I think about Rome last year it gives me really good feelings. Obviously, all the team after that got a taste of success and that is extremely powerful. We just want more of it and we can strive for more this year.
“There is no better feeling than winning but it is only going to get tougher now with the competition going to another level this year with Porsche and Mercedes.”
Speaking at pre-season testing, Evans said that Jaguar’s new powertrain should bring the team more performance but first they must relearn things that they were on top of last year.
“We have had a few little issues, sort of unexpected issues that have come up. Jaguar has a brand new powertrain this year. We have had to learn a couple of new things but was to be expected.
“Jaguar would probably have liked to have done a bit more running but we have done plenty. Unfortunately, it just hasn’t been a smooth couple of days.
“Performance seems there or thereabouts but the Circuit Ricardo Tormo track is not representative. Once we get to a proper street track we will find out who is on top. That will then ebb and flow throughout the whole season.
“It’s been a decent test but hopefully, we can to go to Saudi having ticked all the boxes, hit the ground running and be at the front as well.
“The main focus has been going to the next level for season six and everyone else will have the same intention but we seem to be heading in the right direction. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can produce this year.
“You know, we now have a few monkeys off our backs so we can go in with a little bit of confidence just because we finished off strong, but hopefully can start the same way and have a consistent season.”
With his first Formula E win now under his belt, as well as two second-place finishes in Bern and New York, Evans is keen to continue improving on the impressive form Jaguar keep demonstrating year on year.
“Definitely, some of those races last year helped our confidence. We could tick off the win and it would have been nice to add to that. There were a few podiums, but I think we showed that Jaguar is a serious contender now.
“It’s very cool to see and I’m very proud of the progress we have made because I have been there from the start.”