Jaguar Racing

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United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Panasonic Jaguar Racing logo.png
BaseGrove, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom[N 1]
Team principal(s)James Barclay
Current seriesFormula E
Former seriesFormula 1 (2000–2004)
Current driversUnited Kingdom Alex Lynn
New Zealand Mitch Evans

Jaguar Racing is the name given to Jaguar's racing interests. It made its Formula E debut ahead of the 2016–17 Formula E season.[4] It was previously a Formula One constructor that competed in the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2000 to 2004.

Formula One[edit]

United Kingdom Jaguar
Jaguar racing logo.svg
Full nameJaguar Racing F1 Team
BaseMilton Keynes, United Kingdom
Noted staffDavid Pitchforth
Tony Purnell
Niki Lauda
Bobby Rahal
Noted driversUnited Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom Justin Wilson
Austria Christian Klien
Previous nameStewart Grand Prix
Next nameRed Bull Racing
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2000 Australian Grand Prix
Races entered85
Race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
Final entry2004 Brazilian Grand Prix

It was formed from the purchase by Ford of Jackie Stewart's Stewart Grand Prix Formula One team in June 1999. Ford renamed the team Jaguar Racing as part of its global marketing operations to promote their Jaguar premium car company. Despite this branding, they continued to use Cosworth engines in the cars, no Jaguar engineering was involved. Drivers included Eddie Irvine from 2000–2002, Johnny Herbert in 2000, Luciano Burti for a few races in 2001 and the Austrian Grand Prix in 2000, Pedro de la Rosa in 2001 and 2002, Antônio Pizzonia in 2003 until Hockenheim, Mark Webber in 2003 and 2004, Justin Wilson from Hockenheim to the end of 2003, and Christian Klien in 2004.

2000 season[edit]

The team in 2000 was managed by Wolfgang Reitzle, who was then head of Ford's Premier Automotive Group. The extra funding and publicity brought by becoming Ford's own team were obvious from the first race of the year. The team hired 1999 world championship runner up Eddie Irvine to partner former Stewart driver Johnny Herbert, but the results that season did not match the results that Stewart had been able to achieve in 1999. Jaguar would finish ninth in the Constructors' Championship, only ahead of Minardi and Prost who both failed to score any points.

Pedro de la Rosa driving for Jaguar at the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix.
The Jaguar R3 being driven by Eddie Irvine in 2002.
The Jaguar R5 being driven by Mark Webber in 2004 – the team's last season in F1. Note the Red Bull Hanger 7 logo on the rear wing - this sponsorship led to the eventual purchase of the team by Red Bull.

2001 season[edit]

Reitzle stepped down and was replaced by American racing champion and successful team owner Bobby Rahal for 2001. Results did not improve, and appointment of three-time FIA F1 World Champion Niki Lauda in the middle of the year did not help team morale, with the team sliding further back in the field. An abortive attempt to bring McLaren's ex-technical director Adrian Newey to Jaguar further destabilised the team, and conflict between Rahal and Lauda led to Rahal's resignation. Irvine managed to score Jaguar's first podium in Monaco, finishing third. This allowed Jaguar to finish eighth in the Constructors' Championship.

2002 season[edit]

2002 was even worse under Lauda's stewardship, with only a resurgence later in the year in terms of results. Ford's board of directors were beginning to have major issues with the costs and benefits of running the team in Formula One, especially as it did not feature the parent company brand. Irvine scored another third place finish, this time at Monza, which would ultimately be Jaguar's last podium in the sport. Jaguar would once again improve their result in the Constructors' Championship, this time finishing seventh.

2003 season[edit]

Funding was reduced for 2003. Lauda and 70 other staff were made redundant, and a 2-year timeframe was given to show possible benefits. 2003 saw an improvement of form for the team, directed by John Hogan, as it benefited from good management and a more efficient usage of resources (in particular, using a wind tunnel near the factory compared to one in California). A new line-up consisting of Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia (who was later replaced by Justin Wilson) would lead the team to seventh place in the Constructors' Championship.

2004 season[edit]

In Jaguar's final season, the team received publicity when two of the team's mechanics, having won an inflatable donkey from the movie Shrek from a give-away on a fizzy drink can, photographed it around the paddock at several races and set up a website for the pictures. After the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, much of the sport's management, and every driver except Michael Schumacher signed the donkey, and the mechanics announced their intention to auction it on eBay and donate the proceeds to charity.[5][6] For the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, Jaguar's cars were fitted with newly designed nose cones to promote the film Ocean's Twelve. Steinmetz Group diamonds worth in excess of US$250,000 were attached to the nose of each car, one of which allegedly went missing after Christian Klien's first lap crash.[7] 2004 saw a stabilisation of results, but the team was unable to challenge for points on a consistent basis. Jaguar would finish seventh in the Constructors' Championship, for the third year in a row.

Jaguar's Formula One parent company, Ford, issued a polite ultimatum as part of a reduction in sport involvement internationally. In particular, because Jaguar did not advertise the core Ford brand, there was little return of value from the enormous amount of money invested, so funding was reduced from Ford itself. Ford chose to sell the operation near the end of 2004 despite a more consistent showing in its previous two years. In mid-November 2004, energy drink company Red Bull confirmed that they had purchased the Jaguar Formula One team from Ford as an ongoing outfit. The new team, named Red Bull Racing, used the chassis and engine that would have been Jaguar's 2005 Formula 1 challenger for its first season.

Formula E[edit]

Rumours of a possible Jaguar Formula E entry go back to the summer of 2015.[8] Jaguar's intentions to enter Formula E were officially revealed in December of that year. Unlike its Formula One campaign, the team was to enter the series as a manufacturer, developing its own powertrain.[9] Jaguar made their debut in Formula E's third season, replacing the folded Trulli GP.

2016–17 season[edit]

Mitch Evans driving for Jaguar at the 2017 Berlin ePrix.

On 19 August 2016, it was announced that Jaguar would bring A1 GP champion Adam Carroll, Le Mans champion Harry Tincknell and 2012 and 2014 GP3 champions Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn to the pre-season test at Donington Park, with plans for a team launch on 8 September 2016.[2] Carroll and Evans were subsequently signed to the team[10][11] and Panasonic was named as the team's main sponsor.[12] In October 2016, Gorillaz guitarist Noodle became Jaguar's global ambassador, following a commercial that shows her driving in an electric open-wheeled car, before getting out and saying the experience can be improved.[13]

For the 2016–17 season, Jaguar would finish 10th in Teams' Championship, with the best result being a double points finish of 4th and 8th at the 2017 Mexico City ePrix. Carroll along with Andretti's Robin Frijns were the only two drivers to finish all 12 races of the season.

2017–18 season[edit]

For the 2017–18 season, Jaguar re-signed Mitch Evans and 2014–15 champion Nelson Piquet Jr. moved to the team, replacing Adam Carroll.[14] At the season's first event in Hong Kong, Jaguar scored points in both of the weekend's races and took their first podium in the series when Mitch Evans was moved up to third following a post race disqualification of Daniel Abt.[15] The team used Paul di Resta and Pietro Fittipaldi for a rookie test held in Marrakesh which followed the 2018 Marrakesh ePrix.[16] At the Zürich ePrix, Evans claimed the team's maiden pole position.[17]

Jaguar would finish 6th in Teams' Championship, with the best result being Evans' inherited third place in the second race of the 2017 Hong Kong ePrix. The team managed three double points finishes throughout the season. Both drivers finished in top 10 of the Drivers' Championship – Evans was seventh, while Piquet ended the season at ninth place. Piquet, however, also had the most retirements out of all drivers who competed in the season – he missed the chequered flag five times.

2018–19 season[edit]

Evans driving the I-Type 3 at the 2019 Marrakesh ePrix. This car/driver combination would give the team its first victory at the 2019 Rome ePrix.

Evans and Piquet were retained for the 2018–19 season.[18] Ho-Pin Tung, the team's test and reserve driver since 2016, was also retained.[19] Tung now also serves as a pundit and is part of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy broadcast team.[20] For the 2019 rookie test (which was once again held in Marrakesh following the ePrix), the team opted to bring back Pietro Fittipaldi and pair him with Harry Tincknell.[21] In March 2019, just after the inaugural Sanya ePrix, Piquet left the team following a string of poor results (in contrast to Evans' string of points finishes) and was replaced by former Virgin driver Alex Lynn.[22] Evans managed to win the following race in Rome, giving Jaguar their first win – this was also the team's first actual podium finish in the series. His teammate Lynn finished 12th on his Jaguar debut.[23] Evans' car was subsequently sent to the FIA headquarters in Geneva for checks to analyse one of the wishbones and its compliance with the wishbone/arm element sealed at the homologation. No issues were found, thus the win became officially confirmed.[24] Evans' point-scoring streak came to an end in a rain-soaked Paris ePrix, where he was the last driver to physically cross the finish line in sixteenth place, being a lap down after an unscheduled pit stop for a new nose. Lynn was forced to retire from a promising eleventh place after an accident with Venturi's Edoardo Mortara, effectively ending Jaguar's chances to score points in this round. As a result, this was the first race of the season where both cars failed to score points.[25] The following race in Monaco was a success, with both cars finishing on points for the first time since the opening round in Ad Diriyah. The race also marked Lynn's first point-scoring finish for the team.[26] The team had a strong finish to the season, with Evans picking up multiple podium finishes, which even inserted him into Drivers' Championship fight at the Swiss ePrix, after which he found himself third in the ongoing championship with 87 points. Lynn was mostly dealing with reliability issues, most notably retiring from second place in the first New York City race at the Brooklyn Street Circuit.[27]

Despite improved form in the second half of the season, Jaguar would finish 7th in Teams' Championship with 116 points, which is down from a 6th place achieved in the previous season, which remains the team's best result. Evans, however, improved his result in Drivers' Championship as he finished fifth with 105 points, only three points short from Lucas di Grassi, who finished third. Evans was also the only driver who managed to physically cross the finish line in every race of the season, even though Audi's Daniel Abt was classified in every race as well (but failed to finish in Rome as he retired in the final lap).

Sports car racing[edit]

The Jaguar XJR Sportscars were a series of sports prototypes that competed in the World Sportscar Championship and IMSA GT Championship between 1984 and 1993. They claimed the World Sportscar Championship in 1987, 1988 and 1991, and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona in 1988 and 1990.

In 2010 and 2011, RSR Racing entered a Jaguar XKR in the American Le Mans Series.

Swiss-based racing outfit Emil Frey Racing[28] currently fields two Jaguar XK Emil Frey G3s in the Blancpain GT Series, more specifically the Endurance Cup.[29] The car is an in-house development by Emil Frey Racing, with approval from Jaguar, that conforms to full FIA GT3 regulations.[30] It has competed in the endurance races of the Blancpain GT Series since 2014, and although has not been directly stated by the team, is expected to compete in the series again through the 2017 season.[31]

In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover's SVO Division was commissioned by Superdry clothing co-founder James Houlder to build two GT4 Specification cars to be raced in the 2018 British GT Championship by the Invictus Games Racing[32] Charity Project.[33]

Each of the cars are piloted by a Professional Driver and an Amateur Ex Services driver for each of the rounds.

For the 2018 season: [34]

Car #22: Matt George (Pro) Steve McCulley (Am) & Paul Vice MC (Am)

Car: #44: Jason Wolfe (Pro), Ben Norfolk (Am) & Basil Rawlinson (Am).

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ret Ret 7 13 11 Ret 4 13 13 PO 10 8 10 Ret 7 8 6
Brazil Luciano Burti 11
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Ret Ret 10 12 13 11 9 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 7 Ret
United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret DNS Ret 5 Ret
Brazil Luciano Burti 8 10 Ret 11
Spain Pedro de la Rosa Ret Ret Ret 6 8 14 12 Ret 11 Ret 5 12 Ret
2002 R3
Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10
Cosworth CR-4 3.0 V10
United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 10 9
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 8 10 8 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 11 11 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret
Australia Mark Webber Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret
United Kingdom Justin Wilson Ret Ret Ret 8 13
2004 R5
Australia Mark Webber Ret Ret 8 13 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 9 8 6 10 Ret 9 10 Ret Ret
Austria Christian Klien 11 10 14 14 Ret Ret 12 9 Ret 11 14 10 13 6 13 Ret 12 14
  • – Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Points T.C.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
2016–17 Spark SRT01-e Jaguar I-Type 1 M HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR BER NYC MTL 27 10th
20 New Zealand Mitch Evans Ret 17 13 4 10 9 Ret 17 Ret Ret 7 12
47 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 12 14 17 8 14 15 14 16 10 11 16 14
2017–18 Spark SRT01-e Jaguar I-Type 2 M HKG MRK SCL MEX PDE RME PAR BER ZUR NYC 119 6th
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 4 12 4 6 4 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 7
20 New Zealand Mitch Evans 12 3 11 7 6 4 9 15 6 7 Ret 6
2018–19 Spark SRT05e Jaguar I-Type 3 M ADR MRK SCL MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER BRN NYC 116 7th
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 10 14 11 Ret Ret Ret
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 12 Ret 8 Ret 7 Ret 16
20 New Zealand Mitch Evans 4 9 6 7 7 9 1 16 6 12 2 2 17
  • † – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • * – Season still in progress.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jaguar collaborates with Williams Advanced Engineering and shares its base with the Williams team.[1][2][3]


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  18. ^ Larkam, Lewis (19 September 2018). "Jaguar launches I-TYPE 3 Gen2 Formula E car ahead of 2018/19". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
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  20. ^ "Pundit Ho-Pin Tung speaks to TV Presenter Vernon Kay". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
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  22. ^ Kalinauckas, Alex (28 March 2019). "Piquet splits with Jaguar Formula E team". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
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  32. ^ "Invictus Games Racing | Official Site of British GT Championship". Retrieved 18 October 2018.
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  34. ^ "Invictus Games Racing | Official Site of British GT Championship". Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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