JAG COY ON CHANCES AHEAD OF DEBUT
F1 RACING ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Jaguar believes winning on its Formula E debut would mean that“something is wrong” with the series.
The British manufacturer will end a 12-year absence from major international motorsport when its works 2016/17 FE campaign starts in Hong Kong this Sunday (October 9).
“If we’re winning straight away, having never done it before, something is wrong with the formula,” said Jaguar race director Craig Wilson.
“The formula is very competitive. We know we’ve got our work cut out to get to the stage, to be in that ballpark.
“That’s exciting for us, but in the first few races the target is to be reliable and competitive.”
Jaguar’s FE entry was only confirmed last December, when the Trulli team withdrew from the series.
That gave Jaguar a fourmonth timeframe before its powertrain needed to be crash-tested in April, and it had to be homologated by the FIA by June 1.
While its rivals have had to adhere to the same deadlines senior Jaguar figures have stressed that most teams have a year’s experience with their own powertrains, and their overall development process started at the end of 2014.
Wilson also pointed out it was “playing catch up” across its “drivers, team and operations”.
Jaguar confirmed FE rookies Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans as its drivers last month, while its inaugural powertrain will only be a glimpse at what the Jlr-williams Advanced Engineering technical partnership can produce, due to the short leadtime before the homologation process began.
In addition to a compromised powertrain, Jaguar also has significantly less data than its rivals regarding car set-up, energy management strategies and software mapping.
With the exception of Carroll’s