11 January 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:– Jaguar TCS Racing will begin its campaign for the 2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on Saturday 14 January, as the first race of the Gen3 era and the season opener in Mexico City.
The lights go green at 14:00 local time at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which will see the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 make its race debut as the all-electric race series enters the Gen3 era, with Includes new technical, sporting and financial regulations. Jaguar’s new race car is the fastest, lightest and most efficient ever.
Putting the new car through its paces and competing against 20 other drivers will be Jaguar TCS Racing’s veteran duo, New Zealand’s Mitch Evans and Briton Sam Bird. The drivers are no strangers to the race track, with Mitch Evans triumphing in 2020, and Sam Bird scoring a podium and significant points at previous outings. This year, drivers will need to put their skills to use on long stretches, challenging corners and the new chicken section through the now famous Foro Sol Stadium.
Following the new race format, drivers will battle it out over 36 laps of the race track, as opposed to last season, in which races were timed.
Located in the heart of Mexico City, the legendary circuit is one of the most exciting race venues for the 2023 season, with last year’s E-Prix bringing a record-breaking crowd of over 40,000.
Season 9 will see the team descend on the Mexico City track for the sixth time, with places firmly set on the regular points and podium.
James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal:“We had a very positive year with some real highlights in 2022 but we just missed out on the top spot. This puts the team in a position to fight for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship team and driver titles this season. There’s even more motivation for .With our experienced team, Mitch, Sam andWith the all-new Gen3 Jaguar I-TYPE 6, we are sure to have an exciting season against world-class opposition. With so much to learn about the new Gen3 cars, new race format and Hancock tires, this first race in Mexico will be about being as prepared as we can be and ready to adapt.
Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing Driver, #9:“Last season was my most successful in Formula E, so I’m using that momentum to start this season and focus on getting a positive result in the first round. I have Mexico City in 2020. I have memories of the win, so I feel ready for a strong start to the season.
Sam Bird, Jaguar TCS Racing Driver, #10:“I can’t wait to get back on track in Mexico City, especially as we know we can expect an incredible crowd. I remember hearing the crowd scream through my helmet, there’s no feeling like that. I’m ready to put on a show and get the season off to the best possible start.
Phil Charles, Jaguar TCS Racing Technical Manager:“Racing in Mexico’s capital is always a pleasure. The spectators are always in good form and the atmosphere in the stadium section is really special. We are also excited to see the Gen3 cars in race action for the first time within the team. Having said that, we know this track is a challenge. While the ambient temperature forecast for the Tour isn’t particularly high, the addition of the chicken on the back straight means the tires don’t get much time to cool down on laps. The final corner is one of the most difficult high-speed corners we face in the season. So, the setup, systems and drivers need to be fully compatible if you want to work well in Mexico City.