Trouble hits Evans and Jaguar in São Paulo E-Prix practice

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Trouble hits Evans and Jaguar in São Paulo E-Prix practice

Last year's São Paulo E-Prix winner Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) is not having it all his own way in Formula E's second visit to Brazil.

Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Sao Paulo (2)

Free Practice 2 got off to an eventful start, with Mitch Evans' Jaguar TCS Racing I-TYPE 6 crabbing awkwardly around the bumpy 2.93km Anhembi Sambadrome Circuit in São Paulo.

Evans was the winner on Formula E's first visit to Brazil, with the race also throwing up only the series' second single-make podium lockout as Jaguar powertrains filled the top three positions - Mercedes were the only manufacturer to manage this before, on home soil in Berlin, Season 8, when they managed a 1-2-3-4 between Mercedes-EQ and ROKiT Venturi Racing.

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This year, though, the New Zealander is having something of a tougher time in São Paulo, with his FP2 run limited to just seven laps thanks to an apparent driveshaft issue. He reported problems with his Jaguar just minutes into session, radioing that “the wheel keeps kicking back, I don’t know what it could be".

Team Principal James Barclay then confirmed that the problem was with the car’s front driveshaft but the team were quick to try and find a fix, sending him back out later on in the session. The team boss is still optimistic that Evans will have enough to qualify well - always key in Formula E.

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"Unfortunately, it looks like a driveshaft issue for Mitch (Evans)," said Barclay." "So, not ideal but the team were on it straight away and hopefully it won’t impact us too much and we can get him back out and some laps in for the session.

"These things happen, they’re not ideal when they do but we need to understand what’s going wrong here. It’s an issue with the common [Formula E common part across all cars] driveshaft so, we need to understand where the issues have come in since Friday.

"You always want to be in control of your destiny and qualify well, then you can make decisions from there. If you come from the back it’s not impossible, but it’s an uphill battle, so it’s always good to optimize qualifying to open up the options to you in the race."

SCHEDULE: Where, when and how to watch or stream the 2024 São Paulo E-Prix Round 4

On to race day on Saturday 16 March; qualifying follows at 09:40 local with lights out on Round 4 at 14:00 local/17:00 UTC.

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