How Evans kept cool in Jakarta heat to renew his Formula E title push
Jean-Eric Vergne had comfortably taken a landmark pole for Formula E's first visit to Indonesia and looked set to win his first race of a highly consistent campaign. But the DS Techeetah driver couldn't answer a late attack from Jaguar's Mitch Evans, who profited from the Frenchman's change in battery management tactics to seize a third win of the campaign
Two big cats fought valiantly over the spoils on offer at Formula E’s first race in Jakarta. One cat, the DS Techeetah squad, had arguably roared the loudest earlier in the day, snarling its way to the head of the timing charts in both practice and qualifying with apparent ease.
But the elusive prey it spent the day – or arguably the whole opening half of the season – stalking through the repaved streets around the Ancol Beach mall was intercepted by the original Big Cat. Jaguar – or most pertinently Mitch Evans – snatched the lead of the race with a single swipe, pouncing on polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne when the two-time champion was at his most vulnerable.
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