Motorsport: Kiwi driver Mitch Evans continues bright start to Formula E season with second podium finish in three races

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans has continued his bright start to the Formula E season with a third-place finish in the opening race of a double-header in Rome.

After a poor qualifying where he was forced to start from 12th on the grid, Evans moved his way through the field to finish third for the second time in the opening three races.

The Kiwi finished just 0.756 seconds behind ex-formula one driver Jean-Éric Vergne who took out the race and 0.295 seconds behind teammate Sam Bird.

Evans - who drives for Jaguar - picked up 16 points for the podium finish, plus a bonus point for the fastest lap to see him jump to fourth in the standings, 12 behind Bird who leads the championship.

The 26-year-old was proud of his and the team's performance in the race, that saw a late crash to take out rivals Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne from Mercedes.

"It's a great moment for the team, the first double podium in Formula E," Evans says.

"It was very difficult conditions, so we executed a good race where things can go wrong very quickly, so I'm happy to reward the team for all their hard work for this result."

"It's a great moment and a great milestone for the team and now we enjoy it for a few hours and then look forward to the race tomorrow."

Both Jaguar drivers wore black armbands following the death on Friday of Britain's Prince Philip and neither sprayed champagne on the podium, on what was the team's first double podium.

Fellow Kiwi Nick Cassidy finished 15th as he searches for his first points in his first season in Formula E.

The second race of the double-header in Rome starts at 10:30pm on Sunday.