The 25 year old New Zealander Mitch Evans made his ABB FIA Formula E debut with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in 2016 when the British team returned to racing. Mitch, widely seen as one of the quickest drivers on the grid, secured a series of firsts for Panasonic Jaguar Racing including the teams first ever win in Formula E, super poles, pole position and several podium finishes. He finished season five in fifth position in the drivers standings, having fought for the championship title until the last race.
Mitch started karting at the age of six and won the NZ Grand Prix at 16, being the youngest driver ever to win the NZ Grand Prix. Managed by former F1 racer Mark Webber, the young driver went on to win the 2012 GP3 title.
Moving to GP2 in 2013 and at just 18 years of age, while still a rookie, Mitch became the youngest driver in GP2 history to stand on the podium after finishing third in his first race in Sepang Malaysia. More success followed in 2015 when Mitch finished second at the Le Mans 24 hours. In the same year Evans tested with Porsche LMP1 the World Endurance Championship-winning car.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...
The New Zealander entered the world of Motorsport at just six years of age. From 2001 to 2007 Mitch won 13 karting titles qualifying for the World Rotax Final in Dubai in 2007 as the youngest ever competitor.
2008 NEW ZEALAND FORMULA FORD
He progressed to Formula Ford in 2008 where he claimed victory in seven out of 12 races winning the Formula Ford Manfeild Winter Series.
Being the youngest driver on the grid at the age of 14 Mitch ended the season in the New Zealand National Formula Ford Championship for the 2008/2009 season in a second place. In 21 races, Mitch claimed six wins, three pole positions, five fastest laps and 13 podiums.
2009 AUSTRALIAN FORMULA FORD
For 2009, Mitch competed in the Australian Formula Ford Championship for the Sonic Motor Racing Services Team. The season saw him break numerous records and he became the youngest round winner in the championship's history when he won at Sandown Raceway. He finished the season runner up having claimed six wins, three poles, six fastest laps and 15 podiums in 23 races.
The series is renowned as one of the toughest and most competitive Formula Ford championships in the world and his success didn't go unnoticed, in particular by former Formula One driver, Mark Webber. Mark invited Mitch into the F1 paddock for a garage visit and photo during the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.
2010 TOYOTA RACING SERIES CHAMPION
In 2010 Mitch debuted in the Toyota Racing Series with a pole position and win and finished the season as the youngest ever champion by claiming the title for Giles Motorsport. Moreover, the youngster won the International Trophy which ran concurrently with the TRS series.
MITCH SIGNS WITH MARK WEBBER
At the end of 2010 Mitch signed his first management deal with Mark Webber, which gave him a life time opportunity to pursue his dream overseas.
2011 TOYOTA RACING SERIES CHAMPION
In the following season of the Toyota Racing Series Mitch claimed the Championship title for a second time. He won six races and finished on the podium in each race. Moreover, he fulfilled his goal of winning his first ever New Zealand Grand Prix in 2011 being the youngest driver to win the event.
2012 GP3 CHAMPION
After the TRS season Mitch moved to Europe to compete in the GP3 series for MW Arden where it didn’t take him long to get to grips with the European racing by putting the car on pole and winning his second race.
In 2012 Mitch won the championship with MW Arden in a breath-taking finale. Along the way, Mitch took three victories, six podium finishes and four pole positions.
2013 GP2 CHAMPIONSHIP
In 2013 Mitch progressed into GP2 with Arden International making history by becoming the youngest ever GP2 driver to reach the podium during his first ever weekend in GP2 in Malaysia. Throughout the season he scored three more podiums, including two in Monaco.
2014-2016 GP2 CHAMPIONSHIP
In 2014 Mitch moved from Arden to Russian Time where he claimed two victories and six podiums putting him 4th overall.
The following year saw Evans stay in GP2 with Russian Time finishing 5th overall. Claiming 2 wins and 7 podiums.
After a roller coaster year in 2016 with Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing he finished his last season in GP2 with a win at the Austrian GP.
2015 LE MANS 24H
In 2015 Mitch also competed in the historic Le Mans 24 hour race in LMP2 with Jota Sport, finishing an incredible 2nd place in class.
Teammates: Oliver Turvey, Simon Dolan.
2016/17 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
Later in 2016 Evans signed with Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team that enter in the first ever all-electric racing series, the FIA Formula E Championship in its third season. Being the first season for both Evans and Panasonic Jaguar Racing he finished the season 14th overall outplacing his team mate by six positions.
2017/18 ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
Evans started the following season off with a podium finish at the Hong Kong ePrix but a lack of consistency through the season made it tough to gain momentum. Evans finished 7th overall claiming one podium and one pole position finishing ahead of his team mate and Season 1 Champion Nelson Piquet Jr.
2018/19 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
Having fought for the championship title until the last race of the season, Evans finished his 3rd season in ABB FIA Formula E with Panasonic Jaguar Racing 5th overall. He claimed the first victory for the team in history of Formula E at the Rome ePrix followed by a few podium finishes.
2019/20 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
Evans has committed to Panasonic Jaguar Racing for season six and beyond in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Having secured the British team’s first Formula E win in Rome last season, Mitch is looking for more wins, points and podiums for the team in the future.
Mitch has been working closely with the team to get the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 ready to conquer the 12 city circuits on the ABB FIA Formula E season 6 calendar.