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Formula E

Ultimate team-player Cassidy hails Jaguar strategic execution

Nick Cassidy played the ultimate team game in Monaco to secure Jaguar's first one-two of 2024.

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Nick Cassidy hailed how well Jaguar "executed" their strategy in the Monaco E-Prix, which resulted in the Coventry-based outfit securing their first one-two of Season 10.

Jaguar's one-two marked the first one-two finish of any team in 2024, with Cassidy having finished second behind team-mate Mitch Evans.

Cassidy started the race in third whilst Evans was alongside him in fourth, although it was Evans who exited the first corner in front.

As a result, Evans was somewhat prioritised in Jaguar's strategy, as Cassidy initially held up the field so that his team-mate could activate both of his Attack Modes. Once this had been done, Evans did the same for Cassidy.

By the time both drivers had used their Attack Modes, they found themselves in first and second. A late safety car meant the final handful of laps required minimal energy preservation, allowing Evans and Cassidy to bring home the one-two.

Cassidy praised Evans after the race and conceded that second was the best he could manage, after a disappointing first corner.

"After the first corner, yes, but before the start, obviously, probably looked a bit different," Cassidy told RacingNews365. "But, unfortunately, just didn't get quite a good enough start, but it was still a great day.

"Happy for Mitch, he's been always strong here, always very, very good here and he hadn't quite got that win. So I was very pleased for him today that he did it."

Jaguar's strategy was emphatic and performed superbly. DS Penske attempted a similar strategy but it was less-effective as the British manufacturer's.

It only worked so well thanks to Cassidy's supreme defensive masterclass in the opening stages, whilst holding up the pack to allow Evans to escape.

Keeping the pack behind was no easy feat, although it became simply as the race developed.

"It was really difficult for me early on in the race," conceded Cassidy. "Because a lot of lifting makes it easy to pass.

"I think towards the end of the race it gets much easier, it was just one of those things, everyone was doing their thing and I think we executed it really well."

During the opening laps, the driver Cassidy was defending supremely against was Jean-Eric Vergne, who had a heated moment with the New Zealander a fortnight ago in Misano.

It was an incident which led to fiery words after the race; however, Cassidy has stressed it must be left in the past.

"I've got to put that stuff out of my mind," insisted Cassidy. "If I hold on to stuff like that it's not gonna help me in racing. Each day is a new day for me."

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