Jaguar Racing has released the latest episode of ‘RE:CHARGE @ Home’ – the new video podcast series. Available across YouTube, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts this episode features James Calado and his engineers – Phil Ingram, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Race Engineer and Connor Summerville, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Performance Engineer.
During this episode the engineers reveal how they got to this point in their respective careers, working together at Panasonic Jaguar Racing and the pressures they face during a race weekend.
James Calado also explains the importance of a good relationship with his engineers and his experience racing in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, in support of UNICEF.
Watch and listen to episode nine of the ‘RE:CHARGE @ Home’ on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/RAHYouTube-EP9
Subscribe to the series now to listen to all episodes on Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/RAHApple & Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/RAHGoogle-EP9
Also listen and subscribe to the series on Spotify: https://bit.ly/RAHSpotify-EP9
James Calado, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver: “Both Phil and Connor are the brains behind the operation. I get into the racecar, I drive as fast as I can and then I give feedback – that’s my job. What they do is very impressive. It’s so important to have a good relationship as you need a friendly bond with one another so that you understand each other properly, as the pressure on a race weekend is immense. Communication is key and it’s vitally important. We work as a team to get the most out of the car and try to achieve the strongest performance.”
Phil Ingram, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Race Engineer for James Calado: “I can’t wait to get back racing. Formula E has mentioned previously that some of the races might be double headers which I think is a great thing. Double headers aren’t uncommon in Formula E and the main thing we’ve learnt from these is that you get the chance to do some testing and develop different elements of the car. It also gives you a good opportunity to make progress. On a single race weekend track evolution and general development means it can be hard to do this, as the weekends are so busy. The track evolution is so extreme. It’s harder work – particularly for the mechanics if there is drama in the race, but from the engineering point of view and putting on a show, double headers are great. I’d be happy if we have to finish Season 6 with a couple of these.”
Connor Summerville, Panasonic Jaguar Racing Performance Engineer for James Calado: “ABB FIA Formula E is different to anything I’ve worked in before. It all happens in such a short amount of time. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing group of engineers and mechanics are very good operationally, making the right decisions quickly and that’s a real performance differentiator. It’s not uncommon for us to turn up to the circuit, having practiced on the simulator and then realising that a corner is completely different – as the track has only been built the week before. The agility we have as an engineering group to identify an opportunity and then act on it is incredible. We all put our heads together as a team and get ourselves to a good position by the time qualifying comes around. The execution of a one-day event in Formula E makes it a challenge but really exciting at the same time.”
The new series, hosted by Amanda Stretton and Vernon Kay, will be a regular, insightful series fans can look forward to with new guests in each episode across Formula E and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.