Panasonic Jaguar Racing has announced that Mitch Evans will stay on for a fourth consecutive season with the team. His team-mate is set to be announced at the launch of the team’s new car on 2 October, just two weeks before pre-season testing begins in Valencia.
Evans had a standout year in season five. staying in the championship hunt until the final round in New York City after scoring three podiums as well as his maiden Formula E win at the Rome ePrix back in April. His 17th place finish at the second race in NYC ended his championship charge, and he eventually finished fifth in the drivers’ standings.
The Jaguar Formula E programme has been steady progression since they entered the sport at the beginning of season three, with Evans finishing 17th, seventh and fifth respectively in each season since he debuted. Expectations will be high for Evans and Team Principal James Barclay, as they will be looking for championship success in season six.
“We are delighted that Mitch has committed his future to Panasonic Jaguar Racing and will remain an integral part of the team for the foreseeable future,” said Barclay. “We have grown together in the last three seasons and developed into a winning team capable of fighting at the front of this highly competitive championship. Together we look forward to writing the next chapter of Jaguar Racing’s history.”
Evans was also raring to go when asked about his new contract at Jaguar, saying he has unfinished business with the team, and Formula E.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the team for a fourth season,” said the Kiwi. “I have had a taste for victory driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, now all I want is more! The team is getting stronger and I feel at home here. I’m determined to push forward with Panasonic Jaguar Racing, building on last season’s success as we hunt down more points, podiums and wins.”
While it hasn’t been announced who will partner Evans for the coming season, it is strongly rumoured that James Calado will get his debut in Formula E. The pair previously raced each other in GP3 and GP2, contesting the 2013 campaign where Calado scored two victories en route to third in the standings.
Alex Lynn replaced Nelson Piquet Jr half way through season five and did a respectable job in helping Jaguar secure seventh in the teams’ championship, but he appears to have fallen down Jaguar’s shortlist.