Simply after the midway level of the second race on the Brooklyn Avenue Circuit, Evans was battling with Mahindra’s Alexander Sims, who had simply been cleared by Stoffel Vandoorne and was attempting to maintain maintain of third.
Evans, in the meantime, had de Vries chasing him because the trio ran as much as the Flip 10 hairpin, with Sims sealed to the within line across the nook to pressure Evans on the surface.
De Vries then noticed a possibility and managed to dive down the within of Evans, which resulted in a slight shoulder-barge with the Jaguar driver because the Dutchman additionally tapped Sims on the exit – which practically put the Briton right into a spin.
Recalling the incident, Evans reckoned that the transfer “wasn’t on” and disagreed with de Vries’s determination to make the move.
“I believe [Sims] had some battery temp or vitality issues, so I acquired as much as him and he was defending fairly exhausting to be trustworthy,” Evans mirrored.
“It went on for a number of corners and so I type of struggled to get by immediately after which, as soon as into Flip 10, he defended fairly exhausting.
“Nyck determined to make a very late transfer on me and nearly took out Alexander. It was only a silly transfer. I do know he was instructed to try to overtake me, however I simply thought it was not on.”
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5
Photograph by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images
Evans then tried to recuperate the place misplaced to de Vries on the run to Flip 6, however hit a bump within the highway and really practically misplaced management – however as a substitute pulled out a wonderful save to maintain the automobile out of the boundaries – albeit a way down on the highest 4.
The New Zealander added that he felt he had the tempo in his Jaguar equipment to win the race and cut back his 16-point drawback within the title race.
“I believe we may have gained in the present day – I by no means say that evenly, we had a very good automobile in the present day,” Evans instructed Autosport.
“I hit the pothole on the back-straight on the braking zone, which I used to be actually fortunate to get away with, unfortunate to hit it however to get away with it was very fortunate.
“I shat myself, had big flat spots, tried to assemble it up and misplaced a whole lot of time and it took at the least a number of laps for all the pieces to calm down once more.
“Then it got here again on the finish once more and clearly acquired Alexander. Actually, I believe in the present day we may have gained.”
De Vries hit the identical bump twice, as soon as whereas attempting to move Sims and the opposite event making an attempt to defend from a resurgent Sam Bird.
The reigning champion reckoned the race was altogether good, however his contact with the bump ended his probabilities of sticking with the lead pack.
“I am upset I could not give the staff what they deserve,” mentioned de Vries.
“I believe we must always have been at the least P4, however I simply could not get previous Sims. Once I went for the transfer, mainly, the identical occurred to what Mitch tried on me earlier on.
“I wasn’t even conscious of this bump, however there’s this type of compression, and as you hit it the wheels go off the bottom and also you lose management.
“Then I bent the steering and clearly I misplaced the tempo I had earlier on.”
De Vries was investigated for the Flip 10 transfer and a separate incident after hitting the identical bump, however was cleared of each infractions.
Within the meantime, Nissan e.dams’ Maximilian Guenther was disqualified from the race for overconsuming vitality after ending seventeenth.