Formula E

"We discussed it exactly the same way": Evans & Cassidy explain clever strategy behind Jaguar's one-two win

Svenja König

Svenja König


Jaguar team boss James Barclay erupted in the kind of jubilation rarely seen when Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy crossed the finish line in first and second place at the Monaco E-Prix - the relief was almost too palpable. The key for the double victory on what is probably the most prestigious race track in the world were strategy and teamwork.

Cassidy and Evans started the race side by side on row 2 of the grid. "We obviously made a game plan and discussed all the possible scenarios," said the winner in the post-race press conference. "But in the majority of races, something completely different happens. But today it went exactly as expected."

In the first third of the race, the two Jaguars hid in the slipstream of Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne to save energy. When Evans took the lead after their Attack Mode activation, Cassidy, who was in second place, dropped back. He held off the competition so that Evans was able to activate his attack mode twice in succession without losing position. They then swapped places and Evans did the same for Cassidy.

"We knew we were going to be on the track together and we needed to help each other rather than kick each other out. Nick helped me when it mattered and I did the same. We discussed the same thing before the race," said Evans, explaining the Jaguar strategy.

Evans: "I owe this victory to Nick"

After Cassidy's second Attack Mode activation with just under twelve laps to go, he dropped behind Evans but remained ahead of both DSs. First and second place seemed to be taken. The only question that remained was whether Cassidy would attack his team-mate. He was obviously asking himself exactly that. "I need instructions as to whether I'm going for the win or whether we're going to finish 1-2," he radioed and immediately followed up with, "in my view, we're going to finish 1-2". This was nodded off by the team.

"Today is all about Mitch," says Cassidy. "He deserved to win Monaco. Last year it was the other way round, so I'm very happy for him and the team. We didn't have the same speed as Mitch today, but we were there when it counted."

"I owe this victory to Nick," continued Evans. "I am very grateful that he is a good team player. I've tried so many times in GP2 and Formula E to win in Monaco. This win means the world to me and is a great result for the team."


Cassidy in 2nd place in drivers' championship, Jaguar leads team standings at half-time

After a difficult start to the season, Evans is now fifth in the championship and has made up some points on Rowland and Dennis. It's possible that his first win of the season has turned a corner: "I was very strong at the end of last season with lots of wins and podiums. I expected the same for this season, but apart from Brazil, it hasn't worked out. The 25 points this weekend come at a good time. Now it's time to take the momentum with us."

And Cassidy can also be satisfied with the outcome of the race. He has been more consistent than his team-mate this season and with another podium has overtaken Dennis, who has no points, for second place in the championship. Consistent podium results could be decisive in the championship battle with Pascal Wehrlein. With the double victory, Jaguar also leads the team championship - a good result at the halfway point of the season. However, the half-time break is not that long: the double-header in Berlin continues in just under two weeks' time.

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