Podium, double points finish and fastest lap for Jaguar TCS Racing in Mexico City E-Prix

In his debut race for Jaguar TCS Racing, Nick Cassidy secured a third-place podium finish and the fastest lap in the opening round of the 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Teammate Mitch Evans drove an impressive race to finish the Mexico City E-Prix in fifth place, bringing home all-important points for the British team.

In qualifying, both Jaguar TCS Racing drivers made it through to the semi-final of the Duels. During the Qualifying session, Mitch secured the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:13.103 – showcasing the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 6. After a one-place grid penalty for both drivers due to a procedural infringement in Free Practice 1, Nick lined up fourth on the grid, with Mitch in fifth.

When the lights went green for the first time this season, Nick and Mitch held their position behind Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein, Envision Racing’s Sebastian Buemi and Maserati MSG’s Maximilian Günther in the opening laps. After Nick took his first Attack Mode, the Jaguar TCS Racing drivers rotated for fourth, before Mitch took his own Attack Mode which moved him back to fifth.

A safety car deployed in the tenth lap of the race meant an additional two laps were added. When the green flag was waved, Mitch took his second Attack Mode, remaining in fifth. Nick moved up into third place as Günther went into Attack Mode, and he held third for the remainder of the 37-lap race, also securing the fastest lap. Mitch was on the defence for more than half the race, holding off the remainder of the field around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit for an incredible 23 laps in the Jaguar I-TYPE 6.

Buemi finished in second, meaning three out of four Jaguar-powered cars finished in the top five – showcasing the strong performance of the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 in the opening race of the season.

Jaguar TCS Racing leave Mexico City second in the Teams’ World Championship with 26 points, just two points behind the leader.

James Barclay, Team Principal Jaguar TCS Racing: “It’s been a really strong start to the 2024 season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Both Nick and Mitch made it through to the semi-finals of the Qualifying Duels and put themselves into strong positions ahead of the race. For Nick to achieve a podium in his first race with Jaguar TCS Racing is a fantastic achievement for him and the team.”

“Mitch has been flying today and he delivered a brilliant defensive drive – holding off the DS Penske of Jean Eric Vergne for the majority of the race is no easy feat. Overall, I’m really proud of all the team and the work they have done both in the lead up to this new season and here in Mexico. We now look to the Diriyah E-Prix in two weeks' time for the first double-header of the season.”

Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing driver #9: “Firstly, congratulations to Nick and the team for their first podium together. The race today was physically very demanding, and not an easy one to drive, so to leave the first race of the season in P5, with solid points on the board is very positive.”

Nick Cassidy, Jaguar TCS Racing driver #37: “This is a great start and I’m really happy! First time out with Jaguar TCS Racing and to get a podium is a great achievement. I finished ninth here in Mexico City last year and I said coming into the weekend that if I could do one better I’d be happy – so this feels great. We still have work to do ahead of Diriyah but I feel really motivated to keep pushing.”

Rounds two and three of the 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship take place on the streets of Diriyah on 26 and 27 January.