After taking a maiden podium finish last year, Jaguar TCS Racing is poised to achieve the same success by competing in the Jakarta Formula E event this weekend.
Jaguar TCS Racing returned to Jakarta with the same hopes, where Mitch Evans took victory to finish on pole position. The ABB FIA 2023 Formula E event taking place this weekend will respond to this challenge.
The challenge of competing in Indonesia
The British company has expressed to journalists its desire to return to the top in the tenth and eleventh series which will be played consecutively on Saturday and Sunday 3-4 June 2023.
However, James Barclay, as head of the Jaguar TCS Racing Team, said racing in Indonesia presented its own challenges. The Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit (JIEC) which is located in Ancol has high temperatures and humidity.
“This is a difficult race to do because it’s physically difficult for the drivers, teams and cars with the high temperatures and humidity,” he explained.
James Barclay has revealed the challenge of competing in Jakarta
To remedy this, he explained that the team is trying to re-adapt the car’s settings to the tires in order to repeat last year’s positive results.
“It is good to be back on the road to success, but we are realistic that with a new racing car, Jaguar I-Type 6 and new Hankook tyres, this needs to be retrofitted,” Barclay said in his official statement.
Ready to be a champion again
The same thing was expressed by the New Zealand driver of the Jaguar team, Mitch Evans. Repeating the success of standing on the highest podium last year in Jakarta is a challenge in itself.
“Jakarta is a physically demanding race, but I did well there last season. So we are feeling positive and will try to score some important points and a podium this weekend.”
Jaguar poised to win the Jakarta race again
Evans is currently fourth in the 2023 Formula E standings, while teammate Sam Bird is seventh. Meanwhile, Jaguar TCS Racing sits in third place, 26 points adrift of Envision Acing, who currently sit at the top.
This year’s Jakarta E-Prix is the first time that a Formula E event has been held as a double-header. The 2.37km, 18-lap circuit begins with a free practice session on Friday 2nd June and continues with qualifying at 10.40-11.55am and racing at 3.03-4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.