Mitch Evans believes he was a target in the second Berlin E-Prix which cost him a chance of making it a hat-trick of Formula E victories.
Evans has been the form driver after winning in Sao Paulo and the opening Berlin round on Saturday but had to settle for fourth place, behind race-winner Nick Cassidy, Jake Dennis and Jean-Eric Vergne on Sunday.
He started fifth on Sunday at the Tempelhof Airport and was involved with a big battle against Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix da Costa for fourth place during the middle of the race.
“I was just too patient, I felt like a bit of a target as well with people passing me at stupid places,” Evans exclusively told Total-Motorsport.com.
“I’d pass people and they would pass back at the next corner, I could have easily been out of the race at times. It just took too long to get to the front. I tried, but people made it really tough for me.
“Once the targets were a bit high, it locked out and we couldn’t do much. Nick did really well, I thought he went a bit early but got there at the right time and survived, so full credit to him.
“I should have been on the podium but a couple of laps and positions caught me out at the wrong time.”
Evans has been on the brink of winning the Formula E title in the last two seasons, enduring heartbreak in Berlin in 2020 and more reliability woes a year later in London.
The Jaguar driver has reduced his deficit to Wehrlein to 24 points in this year’s championship and says he is in the right frame of mind.
“I’m definitely in a good place,” explained Evans. “I’ve been driving well for the last few years. As a package between me and the team, we have become even more consistent the last two years.
“It’s hard to judge [your own performance] because the car changes and things change, your performance goes up and down but it’s hard to know if it’s down to you or not.
“I’m feeling good behind the wheel and I’m feeling good in comparison to other times so I’m definitely in a good window.”
He added: “I’ve felt pretty good the last few seasons with the car, especially last year. I think our package now is maybe slightly stronger compared to last year.
“I have felt comfortable in this category for a number of years. We have just got to be a bit more consistent, get a bit of momentum. It’s hard to know if this is the strongest but I definitely feel good right now.”