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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Jaguar Admits It Can't Afford To Screw Up Its Return To Racing

#Jaguar's Formula E boss James Barclay admits that bringing the British marque back into motorsport is a “huge responsibility” on their part.

This weekend, Jaguar will take to the grid of the Hong Kong ePrix as season three of Formula E starts. The race will mark Jaguar's first foray into a leading international race series since it left Formula One in 2004 after securing just two podium finishes in its five years of competing.

While speaking with Motorsport, Barclay said that the firm's motorsport department is totally different to what it was 12 years ago when Jaguar was still owned by Ford.

“Those last forays into motorsport with F1 was a different company, different organisation, different management structure. The complexities of that programme have been well-documented; this is a fresh drive with new people.

“For me, that’s the key difference – we’ve got a group of people who know what it takes to be successful, which is crucial. [The F1 programme] was completely separate to who we are now.

“If you look at it as a whole, Jaguar has such an illustrious history in the sport. It’s a huge responsibility to write the next chapter of that successful past,” Barclay said.

Barclay believes that Jaguar's first year in Formula E will be considered as a “learning year” before it hopes to challenge the series' frontrunners and compete for victories.
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