Evans: Rome victory chances "destroyed" by FCY

Jaguar driver Mitch Evans says his chances of scoring a maiden Formula E race win in last weekend's Rome ePrix were "destroyed" by a late full-course yellow period.

Evans: Rome victory chances "destroyed" by FCY
Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team, Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Andre Lotterer, Techeetah
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Andre Lotterer, Techeetah
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, lead the ePrix
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing
Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, lead the ePrix
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Andre Lotterer, Techeetah

Evans qualified third in Rome last weekend – his best career FE grid spot – and was homing in on Sam Bird and long-time race leader Felix Rosenqvist after running a longer first stint.

When Rosenqvist retired with a suspension problem, a full-course yellow was needed to recover his stricken car, which meant the extra energy Evans had been using to catch the leaders was wasted.

He mounted an unsuccessful attack on Bird before being overtaken by Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer – after robustly defending against the Techeetah driver – on the final lap as he slowed dramatically to maintain enough energy to finish the race. 

“I should learn a little bit from today about the racing,” Evans told Motorsport.com. “But I think, performance-wise, my approach and everything to the race weekend [and in] qualifying doesn’t really need a change. 

“We’ve been fast all season, especially in qualifying – it’s the first day I’ve been able to fight for the win so that’s a new experience for me in Formula E. 

“It’s a chess match the whole race, it really is, and I thought we had checkmate to be honest but unfortunately it wasn’t the case.”

“I’m gutted. We were in a position to potentially win the race – a definite podium. 

"The first FCY [deployed when Alex Lynn hit the wall] I was a bit gutted, because I thought ‘when you’re on my strategy, the last thing you want is safety cars and full-course yellows’ because they gain so much energy from this and all the targets end up going up and the lifting points become shorter. 

“The second one completely destroyed me, because I had used a lot to catch up to him [Bird] and the second one completely saved him. 

“I had one opportunity to pass and had Lucas right behind me – I used way too much energy on that lap and it was a downward spiral from there.”

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Evans described his fight with Lotterer as “quite close” as he tried to anything he could to maintain third place while battling his energy problems.

“It was at a point where I was really on the back foot,” he said. “We were racing hard and I was massively in the red, I was in a lot of pain at that point. So, I was trying to do anything. 

“I knew he was going to get me but I just had to put up a fight to the end and unfortunately crossing the start/finish line for the last lap I was so down on energy.

“I was not amused at all – I had to creep around. I got some points but ultimately it wasn’t the result we wanted.”

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