Nick Cassidy, a multiple-time winner in Formula E, has signed a multiyear contract with Jaguar, switching from customer team Envision Racing. The New Zealander won four races over the season—at Berlin, Monte Carlo, Portland, and London—but still finished second in the drivers' standings to Jake Dennis. Envision's final victory helped them win the team's championship since they had been tied with the works Jaguar squad going into the final race. Cassidy raced for Envision for three years in Formula E, and the two teams collaborated closely in 2023 due to sharing the same powertrain for the Gen3 vehicles. Cassidy will now compete for Jaguar alongside fellow New Zealander Mitch Evans, who finished second in the drivers' standings this season by only two points.
Formula E: Nick Cassidy to Race for Factory Team
The three-year agreement Cassidy had with Envision expired at the end of July. In the year 2023, the team achieved a total of five victories, secured three pole positions, and made a substantial contribution towards their overall title triumph. Together, Cassidy and Evans, who have joined the Jaguar squad, have 15 victories, 37 trophies, 11 pole positions, and 1076 championship points. They finished second and third in this season's championship race behind Jake Dennis.
On the move, Cassidy said: "I’m very excited to be joining the Jaguar TCS Racing team for the 2024 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and I am looking forward to racing for a team like Jaguar that has such a successful motorsport history. This season has been my most successful to date, so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 and fight for points, podiums and wins. Looking forward to having Mitch as a teammate, we have known each other since we were kids and have raced against each other for years, so I’m proud that we will be racing together and hope to continue to put New Zealand on the map in motorsport."
James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal: "We are thrilled to announce that Nick Cassidy has joined Jaguar TCS Racing. Nick’s track record speaks for itself and is someone we have always had our eye on back to his time racing in Japan. Since joining Formula E he has gone from strength to strength and his 2023 season was very impressive. Nick was highly motivated to join the team and we are proud to welcome him into the Jaguar family. We head into the new season with one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid and paired with the Jaguar I-TYPE 6 and our talented team we will be looking to once again challenge for both the Drivers and Teams World Championship titles."
Formula E: Sam Bird Leaves Jaguar
During his tenure with Jaguar spanning three years, Bird achieved notable success, securing two race victories, attaining seven podium positions, and accumulating a total of 233 points. Following the inaugural season with GEN3 technology, the British driver achieved a commendable eighth-place finish, garnering significant acclaim for his pivotal contribution to the team's triumph in the realm of Formula E. Bird made his 100th race start in Race 1 of the Formula E season, which was held in Diriyah.
Mitch Evans, teammate who was also vying for the first position, collided with him in Hyderabad. In Jakarta, where Evans was in seventh place, the two had another incident that cost a lot of time and may have ultimately decided the Drivers' and Teams' World Championships. The atmosphere in London's paddock was filled with conjecture and anticipation as the Formula E championship approached its season finale. Before Jaguar formally announced his departure, there was a lot of speculation about Bird, with rumours circulating that he may join NEOM McLaren for Season 10.