Evans could have "destroyed" Rome race "for everyone"

Alex Kalinauckas

Evans took his first win in the all-electric series on Saturday after muscling his way by polesitter Andre Lotterer and fending off the DS Techeetah driver in the closing stages.

As the race approached its final minutes, Evans was asked to slow down by his engineer to avoid adding an extra lap to the race distance and risk running out of energy.

That was on top of the extra stress caused by missing the activation zone for his second use of attack mode, which allowed Lotterer to close right on to his tail.

“[I was] like, ‘what? – that is not what I need right now’,” Evans told Motorsport.com. “I had one stressful moment missing the attack mode, which wasn’t needed. To need to slow down when you’ve got someone like Andre right up your rear wing is the last thing you want. 

“But we had a lot of pace, and I could’ve easily gone with the attack mode [once I’d got it], could’ve upped the speed and extended the race, and destroyed everything for everyone because none of us would’ve finished. 

“It was extremely important to deal with that communication, but it was a bit of an unusual situation, and I’ve never ever been in that in my life. We managed it well, but it was a bit bizarre.”

Evans’ victory in Rome was also the maiden category win for Jaguar, which became the seventh different team to win in the 2018/19 season in as many races.

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 1st position, Andre Lotterer, DS TECHEETAH, 2nd position, Stoffel Vandoorne, HWA Racelab, 3rd position, on the podium

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 1st position, Andre Lotterer, DS TECHEETAH, 2nd position, Stoffel Vandoorne, HWA Racelab, 3rd position, on the podium Molly Darlington / LAT Images

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