Formula E – Season 7

Dateline London – July 25th 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, secured a home race third-place podium finish after a chaotic Heineken London E-Prix. The Kiwi showed passion, determination and some good fortune as he raced his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 around the twisty London ExCel circuit. He started the race in fifth after he made it through to Super Pole by qualifying second. Mitch held position for the first half of the race, defending from the BMW Andretti driver, Maximillian Gunther. With 21 minutes remaining, a collision with Gunther cost the Kiwi his front wing but he was fortunate to be able to continue. Mitch executed a fantastic overtake on Robin Frijns to take the final spot on the podium. The third-place finish marks the first podium on home soil for Jaguar in 30 years.

Sam Bird had a second tough day of qualifying and lined up twenty-first on the grid. The Brit showed the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 by carving his way through the pack and gaining ten places, before a collision with Norman Nato ended his race in a dramatic Heineken London E-Prix.

Sam Bird sits third in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship, while teammate Mitch Evans climbs back up to eighth. Jaguar Racing remain third in the teams’ standings with 156 points.

Dateline London – July 24th 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Mitch Evans, secured fastest lap today as the British team look ahead to tomorrow after a challenging start to the double-header race weekend at the Heineken London E-Prix. He started the race in eleventh and made up two positions in the first corner, moving to a potential points scoring ninth. The opening lap was unforgiving for both Jaguar drivers after they were both involved in accidents on the tight ExCel circuit. Mitch pitted for a new nosecone which sent him down to twenty-first but the team didn’t give up. He would go on to set the fastest lap of the race – proving the superior race pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 – and finished the race in fourteenth.

A tough group one Qualifying session for Sam Bird resulted in him starting eighteenth on the grid. In the first lap of the race, the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 was hit from behind and the side which caused terminal front left suspension damage. The Brit was forced to retire but holds onto his championship lead by one point.

Dateline New York City -  July 11th 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Sam Bird, created history by winning the ABB New York City E-Prix for the third time in a lights-to-flag victory. The Brit is the only driver to have won three times at the same circuit in Formula E history and retakes the lead of the drivers’ world championship.

For the first time in the team’s Formula E history, Jaguar Racing locked-out the front row with Sam Bird on Pole and Mitch Evans in second after both drivers made it into Super Pole on the streets of Brooklyn. After crashing in free practice yesterday, Bird’s mechanics and engineers faced a race against time to rebuild his Jaguar I-TYPE 5. The Brit rewarded the team with 29 points out of a possible 30 today by also topping qualifying. A potential double-podium finish evaporated when Mitch Evans, defending from Envision Virgin Racing’s Nick Cassidy, clipped the wall in the final couple of minutes of the race and was forced to limp the car home in thirteenth.

Dateline New York City -  July 10th 2021

Jaguar Racing driver, Sam Bird, took points in Brooklyn after a challenging day for the British team. The Brit climbed an impressive eleven places, from twentieth to ninth finishing in the points and securing the fastest lap at the tenth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Bird had a challenging start to the day in Brooklyn. A crash into the wall in Free Practice 1 meant he was unable to finish the session or go out in Free Practice 2. With a chassis change required, the Jaguar Racing mechanics and engineers worked tirelessly and showed tremendous team work to make sure the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 was ready for qualifying, with just six seconds to spare before Parc Ferme. His run of bad luck continued with a crash in qualifying with Nissan driver, Oliver Rowland.

Kiwi, Mitch Evans, started the ABB New York City E-Prix in sixteenth after being at the mercy of group one for the seventeenth race in a row, but showed his racecraft by carving his way through the pack, gaining seven places. Evans demonstrated great pace off-the-line and moved from sixteenth into fourteenth in the first lap. He continued to show the speed and efficiency of the I-TYPE 5 throughout the race,eventually getting up into the points. Unfortunately an electrical issue caused Evans to retire with 27 minutes of the race remaining.

Dateline Puebla -  June 20th 2021

The start of the ninth round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Mexico saw Mitch Evans gain four places, while Sam Bird gained three places off the line. Mitch started in eighteenth on the grid after finishing second in group one qualifying. With overnight rain, the track evolution penalised the championship leaders in group one. The Kiwi navigated his way through the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed circuit, showing the pace and efficiency of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. He would eventually finish the Puebla race in ninth after making critical overtakes on Stoffel Vandoorne and Sebastian Buemi.

The Jaguar duo of Evans and Bird, worked closely together throughout the race to maximise points for the team. Bird, who started in fifteenth after a challenging qualifying session, finished the race in twelfth, just outside of the points. The Brit had a tough final 25 minutes after a collision with Lucas Di Grassi half way through the race.


Dateline Puebla -  June 19th 2021

Kiwi, Mitch Evans, started in twelfth on the grid after finishing second in group one qualifying. The track evolution in between group one and group four was particularly evident in the colourful Mexican city of Puebla. In the race, which marks the halfway point in the season, the team delivered a solid ATTACK MODE and energy management strategy, allowing Evans to execute an impressive drive – carving his way through the pack and making strong decisive overtakes. A late safety car caused the all-electric racecars to bunch together. This combined with a second compulsory ATTACK MODE made further progress difficult for Mitch.

Briton, Sam Bird, started the race in eighteenth after a challenging qualifying session in the shadow of the Popocatepetl volcano. Bird showed the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 by working his way through the field gaining nine places before a collision with Alex Lynn when exiting the ‘joker lap’ ATTACK MODE activation zone caused him to retire.

Dateline Monaco -  May 8th 2021

Kiwi, Mitch Evans, started the race in third after a strong qualifying performance - making it through to Super Pole from group one. Evans had a busy drive behind the wheel of his Jaguar I-TYPE 5, tussling with the leaders before making a momentous overtake on Antonio Felix Da Costa into Beau Rivage to move into first position, with 15 minutes to go. On the final lap Mitch had to defend heavily from Da Costa who had fractionally more energy and was able snatch the lead into the chicane.

Briton, Sam Bird, started the race in sixteenth after a tough qualifying session in the Monagasque principality. In the first lap of the race, Bird slipped past four cars on the inside of the Fairmont hairpin to get up into twelfth. Bird continued to show his pace by carving his way through the pack, using ATTACK MODE and FanBoost strategically and making decisive overtakes to finish in seventh.

Dateline Valencia -  April 25th 2021

The second round of the double-header in Valencia saw both Jaguar Racing drivers in qualifying group one. While Mitch Evans came second in the group, with significant track evolution due to the track drying out, qualifying results saw teams in group four set lap times 2.3 seconds quicker than drivers in group one.

Mitch Evans and Sam Bird started the sixth round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in P19 and P20 respectively. After the chaos of yesterday’s race and starting from the back of the grid, the team implemented a race strategy that showed promise but unfortunately didn’t work out today in a race which was incredibly hard to make progress and favoured the teams and drivers who qualified in the top six positions.

Mitch Evans made decisive moves to carve his way through the pack from P19 to P9 showing the fast pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5, before dropping back to conserve energy for a race which could have potentially run a lap longer. He eventually finished out of the points in P15. Briton, Sam Bird, also climbed up the order, overtaking several drivers including former teammate Robin Frijns and Nico Müller before finishing P14.

Dateline Valencia -  April 24th 2021

Jaguar Racing today underwent a disappointing end to a chaotic, rain-affected DHL Valencia E-Prix while fighting for valuable points. Starting in P17, Mitch Evans fought his way through the wet field and gained seven places to put him in a points scoring position, before an incident with Sette Câmara following the ATTACK MODE zone resulted in the Kiwi having to retire with 15 minutes of the race remaining. Teammate, Sam Bird, also showed the strong pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 climbing twelve places from P20 to P8, before he was disqualified as the result of the unpredictable energy management of the race which saw multiple incidents and five safety cars being deployed. The laps under the safety car are run at a slower safer speed and the teams under the regulations must reduce their available energy accordingly.

Dateline Rome -  April 11th 2021

The second Rome E-Prix race saw Jaguar Racing continue their point scoring run with Mitch Evans finishing a solid sixth. The Kiwi qualified in twelfth and was able to slice his way through the pack, gaining six places. Evans made decisive overtakes throughout the race and showed the strong pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. Sam Bird also had a good start to the day after topping group one with his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 in a rain affected qualifying session. Starting eleventh on the grid, the Brit demonstrated skills and speed throughout the race before the Safety Car was deployed with eight minutes to go. As the green flag fell for the final lap of the race, an intense one lap shoot-out ended when Nyck De Vries collided with Sam, taking them both out of the race.

Dateline Rome -  April 10th 2021

Jaguar Racing secured their first double podium finish in 30 years with Sam Bird and Mitch Evans finishing second and third respectively at the Rome E-Prix. Mitch Evans also secured the fastest lap of the race with a 1:42.387 while Sam Bird achieved his first FanBoost with the British team.

Sam Bird carved his way through the pack from tenth and finished the race in second - his second podium for Jaguar in three races. The action-packed race, which started under the Safety Car, saw Sam overtake Sebastian Buemi as the green flag was waved - showing fantastic pace in the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. A number of clean overtakes and clever uses of ATTACK MODE allowed the Brit to move up to second before the race concluded under the Safety Car. Mitch Evans also executed an incredible drive through the field, gaining nine places from twelfth to third and securing his second podium of the season. He pushed through to take the final place on the podium while proving the speed of the Jaguar with the fastest lap of the race.

Dateline Diriyah -  February 28th 2021

Jaguar Racing today returned to the podium at the opening race of season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. New Zealander, Mitch Evans secured a third place finish after qualifying sixth. The Kiwi had a great start to the race, moving from sixth to fifth off the line. He moved into fourth position after Eduardo Mortara took ATTACK MODE and managed to hold onto the position by overtaking Pascal Werhlein. With two minutes to go before the end of the race, Evans made a decisive overtake on Rene Rast to secure a solid third and 15 points for the British team.

After qualifying eighth, Sam had a great start to the race and was showing very strong pace. With 25 minutes left of the race Bird had a collision with Mahindra’s Alex Lynn causing the team to retire the racecar ahead of round 2 tomorrow.

Sam Bird won the second round of the Championship under the lights of the streets of Diriyah. He started the race on the second row of the grid but made a decisive move and progressed into second at the first corner, overtaking Sette Camara. Bird battled with his old teammate Robin Frijns for the majority of the race – attacking and defending and showing the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 5. After multiple incidents, Sam followed the safety car for the last six minutes of the race before taking the victory under a red flag.

The second night race brought less fortune to the other side of the garage. It was frustrating day for Mitch Evans as he started in eighteenth on the grid after being held up by Oliver Rowland on his qualifying hot lap. The Kiwi did not finish after a collision ended his race.

Dateline London -  January 28th 2021

The 2021 Formula E calendar has been updated, with a number of small changes being made for the coming eight dates. The two late-February dates in Saudi Arabia remain on the 26th and 27th, as does the 10th April date in Rome, Italy. The race in Paris on 24th April has been postponed until Season 8. In its place there will be a race in Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Monaco remains on 8th May, however the race in Seoul, set for 23rd May, has been postponed. In its place will be a round in Marrakesh at Moulay El Hassan on 22nd May. Finally, dates of 5th and 6th June have been confirmed in Santiago, for a Chilean double-header.

Formula E 2021 calendar

Race Date Country Location
1 26th Feb. 2021 Saudi Arabia Diriyah
2 27th Feb. 2021 Saudi Arabia Diriyah
3 10th Apr. 2021 Italy Rome
4 24th Apr. 2021 Valencia Spain
5 8th May 2021 Monaco Monaco
6 22nd May 2021 Marrakesh Morocco
7 5th Jun. 2021 Chile Santiago
8 6th Jun. 2021 Chile Santiago

Dateline Grove - October 13th 2020

Jaguar Racing has confirmed a long-term partnership renewal with global automotive technology company, GKN Automotive, within the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. As Official eDrive Partner, GKN will work closely with Jaguar Racing to apply its design, manufacturing and software development expertise to the Jaguar I-TYPE 5 – the team’s new all-electric Formula E racecar.

GKN will play an important role in the electric powertrain development. Software engineers will be integrated into Jaguar Racing’s headquarters, providing extensive knowledge. The British team will utilise GKN’s expertise to develop advanced powertrain cooling technologies for both the inverter and electric motor in pursuit of enhanced system efficiencies. The partnership with Jaguar Racing will also feed into development of GKN’s world-leading eDrive technologies for electrified road vehicles.

As a long-term team partner, the GKN Automotive logo will feature on the livery of the 2020/2021 I-TYPE 5. A camouflage development racecar made its debut with Sam Bird behind the wheel at a Jaguar Racing test in the UK earlier this week.

Dateline Grove - October 13th 2020

Ahead of season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Jaguar Racing have partnered with DR1VA, the leading motorsport lifestyle brand, to provide teamwear and fanwear.

DR1VA will support the team by providing all on-event clothing, apparel and travel kit for Jaguar Racing staff across Formula E. In addition, they will become the Official Licensee for Jaguar Racing replica teamwear, merchandise and fanwear as well as seeking relevant brand extension and licensing opportunities in motorsport related categories. The British brand, DR1VA, established by Innovation 1st Limited in 2018, was created to deliver a modern luxury fashion twist on motorsport lifestyle apparel. It is targeted at ambitious, driven individuals and takes its inspiration from racing drivers and partnerships such as this one, with Jaguar Racing.

Dateline Grove - September 9th 2020

On World EV Day, Jaguar Racing have confirmed a long-term partnership renewal with leading brand Castrol within the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, further extending a successful partnership starting in the 1980s in motorsport.

Jaguar Racing have benefited from using Castrol e-Transmission Fluid to date, which has delivered a significant step up in performance, both for cooling and reducing friction losses. Together, the teams are currently developing a new powertrain fluid for coming seasons that will further improve performance through cooling and component design in the Jaguar I-TYPE.

As a key technical partner Castrol understands Jaguar Racing’s ‘Race to Innovate’ philosophy, which aims to influence the next generation of electric vehicles. Castrol’s advanced e-Fluids, e-Transmission Fluids, e-Coolants and e-Greases, will extend the life of powertrain systems in Jaguar Land Rover’s current and future road car products like the multi award-winning all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.

Dateline Grove, UK – July 14th 2020

Briton Sam Bird has today been announced as the new Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver joining the race-winning team for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The 33-year-old has competed in every Formula E race since the ground-breaking series started in 2014, securing nine wins to date. Bird, who started his successful racing career in 2002, went on to forge a successful record of results in the sport’s junior categories before a number of key Formula 1 roles including testing duties for Williams and reserve driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas from 2011 to 2013. In recent years Bird has tasted success in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Ferrari and the G-Drive Racing squad. His first race for the team will be on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.