Mitch Evans made no secret of his frustration after a miscalculation by his Jaguar team cost him a shot at Formula E pole position in Hong Kong on Saturday, instead leaving him at the back of the grid.

Evans topped the timesheets for Jaguar in Saturday's final practice session and looked to be in contention for pole, only to be sent out too late in his qualifying group, meaning he was unable to complete a fast lap time.

Evans started the race 20th and was caught up in a first-lap crash with Andre Lotterer that caused a red flag, and spent the remainder of the race toiling in the lower reaches of the field, ultimately crossing the line 12th.

Despite meeting the chequered flag, Evans nevertheless completed his qualifying lap as usual, and claimed it would have been quick enough to top the opening qualifying heats and reach Super Pole.

"We had quite a big timing issue in qualifying, and I was sent out too late. When I went to start my qualy lap, I got the chequered flag, so it was a real shame," Evans told

"I completed the lap, and my lap was faster than Sam Bird’s. So I should have been in Super Pole battling for pole. The car’s been quick over one lap all day obviously in practice, that was true pace. That transferred over to qualy, but screwed us over.

"Starting from the back was never going to be easy, then got caught up in the first-lap thing, and then got put to the back of the field for some reason. That shouldn’t have been, I should have been 16th, I made up three places at the start. The FIA have now apologised for that, but that was not right.

"The race was OK, but it just sucks. We should have been hopefully battling for a podium or something, which obviously was a bit unexpected coming into the day, but that was our true pace. It was a missed opportunity for us today unfortunately."

Jaguar's charge was instead led by Nelson Piquet Jr. in Hong Kong, who recovered from a poor start to finish fourth and match the British manufacturer's best result since entering Formula E one season ago.

"I think the good thing is that the car shows a lot of potential," Piquet told after the race.

"We have a lot of room for improvement and there are a lot of areas where we could have done better and we should do better. So we need to work better as a team.

"But I think a fourth place after a long break and the results they've had last year, I think that was a good accomplishment for them. Thank you to everyone at the factory, they've worked really hard, but we need to keep working harder.

"This is more motivation for us to work extra hard, to really get to the podium even quicker than we imagined we could."



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