2023 CAPE TOWN E-PRIX
ROUND FIVE | 24 - 25 FEBRUARY
A difficult weekend for Jake Hughes in Cape Town, South Africa, saw the NEOM McLaren Formula E driver battle back from a tough qualifying to finish inside the points with a P10 finish in round five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
During qualifying, Jake struck the wall which resulted in him carrying damage through the session and having to settle for a P15 starting place for the Cape Town E-Prix.
Eventually starting Saturday's race in P13, Jake made good progress and he climbed up through the field and into the top-ten.
Crossing the finishing line in 10th place, Jake collected a championship point to add to his tally of 28 points that leaves him sitting 9th in the Drivers' Championship, with his NEOM McLaren Formula E Team P4 in the Teams' Championship with 66 points.
ABB FIA Formula E returns in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for round six of the championship in a month's time on 25 March.
“All in all, a difficult weekend for me. It was one of the first difficult weekends I have had so far in terms of performance. The result wasn’t there in India for various reasons out of our control, but the performance was really good there. I struggled with the car and the track today, in Qualifying I hit the wall, which meant I carried some damage through the session which compromised us. Still, we started P13 and I felt pretty comfortable in terms of energy, but we found some strange things during the final Safety Car which put us on the back foot. We still need to understand what happened, but for most of the race we were comfortable with energy, which is a positive. A massive thanks to the team, they had to repair my car between Qualifying and the race at short notice. I’m looking forward to going again in Brazil soon.”
- Jake Hughes
Images courtesy of NEOM McLaren Formula E Team