Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans expressed how he felt after he was forced to retire from the race after qualifying third for the finale, crushing his hopes of overturning a five-point deficit to leader Nyck de Vries.
The Kiwi momentarily got off and soon stopped, moving mere millimeters before being punted by Edoardo Mortara, ending both drivers’ chances of a Formula E world championship.
“I’m gutted for myself and the whole team. We did everything right this weekend, we were quick and put ourselves in a great position for the race. All we had to do was just pull off a really clean race and it would have probably been job done,” Evans explained.
“You just have to accept it and swallow it somehow, even though it’s painful.”
Evans admitted that the punt from Mortara was inevitable and that he had to just brace himself for the impact. On a further note, he congratulated eventual champion de Vries on his success.
“I could see Edo [Mortara] coming and just braced myself. It was a big hit,” Evans added.
“Nyck [de Vries] definitely deserved the championship just as much as I think I would deserve it.
“I’m a little sore but it hurts in every aspect emotionally.”
Champion de Vries also commented on today’s finale, stating that luck was on his side, during a day when a race existed solely to determine who walks out with the championship.
“Of course I feel sorry for what happened to Mitch and Edo because they deserved to fight till the end, it was an extremely tight championship all the way through,” de Vries commented.
“And I just feel very very grateful that the fortune has chosen us. [But] I think we drove an incredibly strong race, I’m proud of that.”