Pune: Mitch Evans made history for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, claiming the team’s first ever FIA Formula E win in Rome, incidentally Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.
The win for Evans made him the seventh different winner from seven teams in seven rounds this season.
Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio of Mahindra Racing returned to the top in the all-electric series on 65 points, one clear of Portugal’s previous leader Antonio Felix da Costa.
The top nine in the championship are now separated by just 13 points, with Evans moving up to fourth on 61 and Germany’s Andre Lotterer third on 62.
“I’m speechless. It’s been a tough couple of seasons,” said Evans, a winner in GP2 (now Formula Two) in 2016.
Sam Bird was a first-lap casualty but the delay gave Virgin Racing the time to fix the car and get him back out.
During a qualifying session plagued with intermittent rain, an impressive performance from Mitch saw him clinch P2 from Super Pole. An early collision at turn 17/18 caused a pile up of several cars and brought out a red flag.
Mitch drove confidently at the restart and managed to overtake Andre Lotterer with Attack Mode at turn 11 for the lead. Despite Lotterer activating Attack More a lap later, the Kiwi driver defended well and held onto his first win in the series.
“This feels beautiful. It was a fantastic race. The first few laps were tricky in the wet. After the red flag I just wanted to stay steady. From early on I felt comfortable and my energy management was ahead of target so we decided to use it when it mattered,” said Mitch Evans.
Rome E-prix: 1. Mitch Evans (Nzl, Jaguar Racing) 1:33:51.140; 2. André Lotterer (Ger, TechCheetah) + 0.979; 3. Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel, HWA Racelab) + 6.399; 4. Robin Frijns (Ned, Virgin Racing) + 9.181; 5. Sébastien Buemi (Sui, Nissan) + 9.778; 6. Oliver Rowland (Gbr, Nissan)+ 11.262; 7. Lucas Di Grassi (Bra, Audi Sport)+ 24.340; 8. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Bel, Mahindra Racing)+ 28.633; 9. António Félix Da Costa (Por, BMW Motorsports) + 30.651; 10. Pascal Wehrlein (Ger, Mahindra Racing) + 30.735.