Formula E champion Mitch Evans has ended rumors of a move to Porsche by extending his multi-year contract with Jaguar Racing.
Jaguar Racing reached an agreement with the New Zealand driver, who previously competed in the GP2 Series, for his first season in Formula E in 2016-2017.
Since then, Jaguar has run with many names such as Adam Carroll, Nelson Piquet Jr., Alex Lynn, James Calado and Tom Blomqvist, but Evans has been the only name in the team since day one.
Evans, who became the 2012 GP3 Champion, will continue to work with Sam Bird next year after signing a new contract with Jaguar, and will contribute to the team’s development of the next generation of cars in the series’ Gen3 series.
The Gen3 cars that will be used in the period 2022-2023 will be 120 kg lighter than the existing cars and their electric motors will produce 470 horses.
“This is great news and I’m very happy to stay in the family. I feel like a piece of furniture here now,” Evans told Motorsport.com.
“I had a lot of options if I wanted to leave but I’m very happy with my position in the team.”
“They were keen to keep me, so it was a logical decision for me to stay here.” say.
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5
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Evans’ current contract was set to expire at the end of 2021.
Evans’ manager, former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, considered replacing Andre Lotterer at Porsche and Evans’ contribution from his ambassadorial role at Porsche.
However, Evans wanted to remain loyal to the team as Jaguar has been struggling at the front row over the past two years and Sam Bird has joined the team.
“It could have been a turning point for me to go somewhere else,” Evans said.
“There were a lot of good options if I wanted to go. But I’m very happy to be here. I love this brand, the direction they’re going and running the team for the team.”
“If you look at the ups and downs in Formula E, you should always feel the support of the team, especially on bad days.”
“I have achieved a lot with this team and they gave me such a chance. That’s why I wanted to continue because of my loyalty to them.”
“Now with Sam coming, we can have a two-car lead. I feel like I’m in a good position. I believe it’s the right decision for my career.”
“One thing I have not forgotten is that I was a professional driver with this team. I want to continue to collect good memories and achieve great things with them.” say.
Evans is eighth, 20 points behind leader Nyck de Vries, in the drivers’ championship ahead of the final two races of the season at Berlin Tempelhof Airport.