Mitch Evans has reflected on his 2023 Rome E-Prix collision with Nick Cassidy as the pair get ready for their first race as teammates at Jaguar in the 2024 Formula E season.
Evans and Cassidy went into the Sunday race in Rome in serious title contention, the latter leading the championship from Jake Dennis, only to collide and score no points.
The Kiwi duo are friends off the track and Evans admitted he was at fault for the contact. Dennis went on to win the title and post-season Cassidy announced he would join Evans at Jaguar for 2024.
“It would be a shame if one incident like that would destroy everything,” Evans told Total-Motorsport.com. “Obviously, there was a lot of weight behind that in terms of what happened and the timing of it.
“If it was the first race of the season, we would have forgotten about it, but obviously just the timing of it didn’t help. We met for a coffee literally on the Monday or Tuesday after that weekend, so we cleared the air quickly.
“He handled it as best as he could and do did I. I think when he saw the state of my head it was really tough to think about, but it ended up being quite an exaggerated kind of mistake.
“It was a big shame, hurt mine and his chances a lot. I think we have moved on now. But even when you look back at it, I’m still annoyed by it but you just try and learn from it.”
Familiar faces at the front?
Evans and Cassidy is one of the strongest line-ups ever in Formula E history, with both drivers performing just as well as reigning world champion Dennis.
Cassidy was quickest on the last day of pre-season testing in Valencia in October and Evans was fast straight out of the blocks on the opening day, underlining the car’s strength.
Traditionally in Formula E, Jaguar have started the season slowly but Evans thinks that will be different in 2024 and expects some convergence at the front.
“Obviously, there’s been a bit of driver movement,” explained Evans. “I think some teams are going to make some good gains. It’s just hard to judge how much.
“Mexico is a completely different track to Valencia. So I think you’ll see familiar faces in the front, I’m hoping anyway!
“I think you’ll see some gains from other teams, maybe drivers who are a bit more consistent. The strong drivers, their performance is not going to drop overnight, so I think you will see the same guys at the front with a few more joining.”