"The first two races were so difficult for us. We knew we were compromised with the powertrain, but nobody knew how bad it was. Were we not doing a good job?
"Marrakech especially was painful. Over Christmas I did feel the pressure because it wasn't a great situation, just where the results were and the return to the sport with Jaguar that wasn't ideal."
As Mitch Evans attests, the situation looked pretty bleak two races into Jaguar's much-vaunted international racing comeback. A best qualifying result of 14th (1.3 seconds off the pace) and race result of 12th (43s off the winner), both of which came from Adam Carroll on Jaguar's debut in Hong Kong, painted a poor picture by the end of 2016. In Marrakech the performance was even worse, compounded when Evans crashed out on the last lap.