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Jaguar makes changes after Evans’ crash but problems continue

by Matt Beer
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The Jaguar Formula E team made changes to its works cars and customer Envision’s to tackle the issue that caused Mitch Evans’ crash on an in-lap after the end of opening Mexico City practice on Friday.

But it suffered another problem on Sam Bird’s car that led to him missing most of second practice early on Saturday morning.

Evans ploughed straight on into the barriers at the Turn 12 right-hander that leads into the stadium section while heading back to the pits following the chequered flag yesterday. He was unhurt.

“After an investigation into the accident that took place during free practice one in Mexico City, the team identified the cause being related to a non-manufacturer perimeter part on Mitch Evans’ car,” said a Jaguar statement.

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“As a result, the team have replaced all of the related hardware to avoid the reoccurrence of the issue and a software update to mitigate against similar occurrences.”

The software change is likely to be an effort to ensure any repeat of the component problem does not lead to a complete failure of the kind Evans appears to have suffered.

Friday’s crash was the fourth incident involving a Jaguar since the Gen3 cars began their testing programme – though in this instance it was a non-manufacturer issue.

Bird had a substantial crash in private testing at Calafat and Envision pair Sebastien Buemi and Nick Cassidy both had incidents caused by failures in last month’s Valencia test.

Evans had a seemingly trouble-free run in practice two and was fourth fastest.

But Bird slewed into the stadium run-off area on only his fourth lap while already going slowly and with error codes showing on his dashboard. He parked there for some time before making it back to the pits, where he stayed until the final minute of the session.

Edoardo Mortara was also in trouble during practice two, clipping the barrier when he got sideways at the final corner. He tried to get his crabbing Maserati back to the pits but had to park it. Maserati will only have just over an hour and a half to effect repairs before qualifying.

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Last year’s Mexico winner Pascal Wehrlein was fastest for Porsche in practice two – at least once a lap by Andretti driver Jake Dennis was deleted for a track limits infringement.

Jean-Eric Vergne’s DS Penske was only 0.004s in second, with Sergio Sette Camara continuing NIO 333’s strong form in third and just 0.010s from Wehrlein.

McLaren was fastest for much of the session with Jake Hughes before ending up sixth.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Car Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric 1m13.496s
2 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske DS E-Tense FE23 +0.004s +0.004s 1m13.5s
3 Sérgio Sette Câmara NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 ER9 +0.006s +0.01s 1m13.506s
4 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.042s +0.052s 1m13.548s
5 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske DS E-Tense FE23 +0.063s +0.115s 1m13.611s
6 Jake Hughes NEOM McLaren Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.004s +0.119s 1m13.615s
7 Jake Dennis Avalanche Andretti Porsche 99X Electric +0.017s +0.136s 1m13.632s
8 Sébastien Buemi Envision Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.052s +0.188s 1m13.684s
9 António Félix da Costa TAG Heuer Porsche Porsche 99X Electric +0.026s +0.214s 1m13.71s
10 Lucas Di Grassi Mahindra Racing Mahindra M9Electro +0.007s +0.221s 1m13.717s
11 Daniel Ticktum NIO 333 Racing NIO 333 ER9 +0.063s +0.284s 1m13.78s
12 Norman Nato Nissan Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.015s +0.299s 1m13.795s
13 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +0.137s +0.436s 1m13.932s
14 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.072s +0.508s 1m14.004s
15 André Lotterer Avalanche Andretti Porsche 99X Electric +0.162s +0.67s 1m14.166s
16 Maximilian Günther Maserati MSG Racing Maserati Tipo Folgore +0.102s +0.772s 1m14.268s
17 René Rast NEOM McLaren Nissan e-4ORCE 04 +0.093s +0.865s 1m14.361s
18 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing Mahindra M9Electro +0.177s +1.042s 1m14.538s
19 Edoardo Mortara Maserati MSG Racing Maserati Tipo Folgore +0.103s +1.145s 1m14.641s
20 Nico Müller ABT CUPRA Mahindra M9Electro +0.737s +1.882s 1m15.378s
21 Robin Frijns ABT CUPRA Mahindra M9Electro +0.148s +2.03s 1m15.526s
22 Sam Bird Jaguar TCS Racing Jaguar I-TYPE 6 +4.329s +6.359s 1m19.855s
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