Evans seemed to have steady start into the weekend, before the mistake in qualifying put him on P14 for the start of the race. Trying to catch Stoffel in the world championship meant for the New Zealander that good points had to be scored to not fall so much behind the Belgian. In the actual race, Evans was able to fight his way through the field and initially finished in P6, although he might be promoted into P5 after all, due to a penalty handed to De Vries for an incident with Nick Cassidy in the final stages of the London E Prix.
Asked by motorlat.com if he “didn’t really like easy races, and preferred to start in the back” and if he could talk us through the race, he responded: “To answer your first question - I don’t prefer them [laugh], they just happen, I seem to like to make my life hard. On the first few laps, it’s a mess.
“This circuit is not really suitable for a race start, there is a lot of contact, sometimes you’ll get lucky and sometimes you’ll don’t, obviously I was lucky that Sam got the difficult part, I’ve got mixed up a bit but myself, I just tried to do what I could in the position I was, I’ve made some, I’ve lost some luckily I made it through unscathed but yeah the race start here if you’ll get mixed up in the middle of the field it’s a…real shit show.”
Asked about his performance in the qualifying, and if the car set up preferred more the race than the qualifying, Evans responded: ”It’s a set up of the driver [laugh]. I just did a mistake, I was pushing too hard, the margin was very tight and I just, I haven’t made a mistake all weekend, for the most critical part and then I just pushed too much and knocked on the front and I was gone so, yeah just a mistake. It’s a really awful feeling, I try to forget about it, put my focus into the race and come back from P14 to P6 on this track is a really strong result, so i’m happy for that but hopefully I can work on myself for tomorrow and come a bit better.”
After the qualifying ended for both him and Di Grassi, who had his lap times deleted due to impeding Frijns and Evans, there was a heated discussion between the Kiwi and the Brazilian. Asked about the conversation, the Jaguar driver responded: “Obviously, he got penalised for impeding me and Robin, he was just asking me my opinion on it if it was genuine on not.
I would say it was really on the limit, but on a qualifying lap, you know, where he was on his cool down lap, where I caught him, I felt like he could’ve done more to get out of my way, not sweat out as much, and it was on one of the trickiest part of the track.
To get all the laps fully, I haven’t seen the one with Robin to be fair, but to get all of the laps deleted was maybe a bit harsh, but maybe deleting the fastest one or something or a grid drop or something but the stewards made their call. I think it was on the limit like I feel like he did, its very hard to judge how much it cost me but it was…he went too slow. I think it was impeding, it’s not like I lost two seconds or anything but still, he could’ve done a better job.”
Lastly, asked if he’ll be more aggressive now and taking more risks due to Stoffel Vandoorne extending his championship lead over him, Evans responded: “Well not sure to be honest, I’m just trying to win the race. I still have a lot to loose, obviously I don’t want to loose more points, I could go in with that approach (to be more aggressive) but…I don’t know, I’ll work it out…I’m just driving!”