Evans predicts Formula E pecking order ‘shift’ in Berlin

Mitch Evans has given his thoughts to Total-Motorsport.com about his season so far and the Berlin E-Prix


Mitch Evans believes the pecking order of the Formula E field at the Berlin E-Prix “will shift” due to the characteristics of the track.

The last event in Sao Paulo saw Jaguar finish 1-3 with Evans taking his first victory of the season, ahead of Envision‘s Nick Cassidy, who also runs a Jaguar powertrain, and Sam Bird in third.

Jaguar had shown potential in the previous events but incidents, tactical errors or misfortune led to both drivers missing out on bigger points scores.

Asked exclusively by Total-Motorsport.com, how Jaguar turned their form around from Mexico City, Evans answered: “Little bits everywhere. At the start of the season we were happy-ish but we had some room to improve.

“We made some good steps forward and the we built a nice set of foundations and everyone is finding improvements at different types of rates.

“I think this weekend the whole field will shift a little bit with the track, people learning since Sao Paulo.”

Evans is 47 points behind championship leader Pascal Wehrlein ahead of this weekend’s double-header in Berlin, where the season will reach the halfway point of the championship on Sunday.

The Kiwi insists his results and championship position have not shown his strong he’s been this season.

“From a results point of view I’ve probably a six [out of 10] but a performance point of view and how I’ve been driving an eight or nine,” added Evans.

“In the championship standings you can see it differently but in terms of pure pace it’s been incredible, but it’s not started the way we’ve wanted to and we lost a lot of points.

“Generally, I’m happy with the performance but I would have liked a better start.”

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Wehrlein‘s retirement in Cape Town and seventh place in Sao Paulo has closed up the championship.

The German says it’s “nice to be at the top of the championship” and thinks qualifying, where he has struggled recently, won’t be a major differentiator in Berlin.

“I think Berlin is a track where qualifying is not that important because the track gives a lot of overtaking opportunities,” explained Wehrlein.

“Nevertheless, you also want to be at the front in qualifying because it reduces the risk of crashes, you need to overtake X and it’s more likely you have a good race if you are at the front.”

Nigel Chiu
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Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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