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Evans needs Seoul “copy-paste” to snatch Formula E title from Vandoorne

The Jaguar driver swept in to the lead of South Korea’s inaugural FE race when he dispatched slow-starting poleman Oliver Rowland off the line and dived past Lucas di Grassi into Turn 1, prior to the race was paused for nearly 40 minutes when eight cars shunted at Turn 21.

Evans then continued on in the lead following a restart and started creating a gap over Rowland. He admitted that the wet conditions suited the Jaguar machinery, since it had struggled more in the dry through the opening sessions of the weekend.

Explaining his first-lap charge in to the lead, Evans explained that his move ahead di Grassi was borne from an “attacking mindset” given his outsider status in the title fight.

“It has been a really along day; today in the dry conditions we were actually on the trunk foot and we didn’t really hit the bottom running,” Evans said.

“I was fighting the total amount and overall pace in all honesty.

“The rain was a blessing merely to mix things up. The beginning was unexpected, I simply got a really good drive off the line, got Oliver and was fighting with Lucas.

“It had been a spontaneous move ahead with Lucas into Turn 1, there is sufficient space and was in a little bit of an attacking mindset just considering my situation in the championship.

“Following the break everything got very good, I was just attempting to manage the gap with Oliver and obviously cover him off when he visited attack.

“It had been an extremely tough race to control because of the conditions changing, various areas of the track drying up quicker than others – the stadium section was as an ice rink, however, many elements of the track were quite okay.”

Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Photo by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Evans’ win moved him to within 21 points of Vandoorne, who finished fifth, while Edoardo Mortara was eliminated of the title chase when he retired from the race.

To overturn his deficit, Evans either needs victory in Sunday’s race or even to finish second with pole and the fastest lap – and hope Vandoorne struggles to score.

Thus, the Kiwi seeks a repeat of his fortunes in race one, but notes he reaches the behest of luck in the growing season finale.

“[I need a] copy-paste, I assume, obviously getting pole tomorrow will be helpful,” he said.

“But obviously I have to win the race and him never to finish, so we are in need of some luck.

“As you saw today, we could actually take action. He obviously had a solid race aswell, so he’ll be there, the Mercedes cars will work effectively here.

“Nonetheless, it will likely be an extremely tricky day, but it’s Formula E, anything can occur.

“We won’t decrease with out a fight and I’ve secured second now anyway.

“So just all in tomorrow, have some fun and hopefully get yourself a big result.”

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