Mitch Evans was born in Auckland, New Zealand on June 24, 1994. He currently competes for Jaguar Racing in FIA Formula E. Prior to that, he raced in both the GP3 and GP2 series, winning the GP3 title in 2012 before racing for three further seasons in GP2, finishing a career-best fourth place in the 2014 drivers’ championship.
Mitch Evans – 2016/17 Formula E Season
Evans made his Formula E debut with the Jaguar Racing team at the 2016 Hong Kong E-Prix, qualifying 16th before retiring in the race with mechanical trouble. During a tricky maiden season partnering British driver Adam Carroll, Evans finished in the points on only four occasions, although he did score the bulk of his team’s championship points – outsourcing Carroll 22 points to five.
The high point of Evans’ season came at the Mexico E-Prix – race four of 12 – during which Evans recovered from a 13th place qualifying position to achieve fourth place in the race, in the process, scoring both his and Jaguar’s first points in Formula E.
Further points followed in Monaco, Paris, and in race one of the season-ending Montreal E-Prix doubleheader, as Evans finished his maiden season 14th in the drivers’ standings.
Mitch Evans – 2017/18 Formula E Season
Evans had a new team-mate for his second season in Formula E with 2014-15 drivers’ champion Nelson Piquet Jr joining Jaguar after three seasons with the Chinese-owned NEXTEV NIO team.
In the second race of the season-opening Hong Kong E-Prix doubleheader, Evans finished equalled his career-best result with fourth-place in the race but was later promoted to third following race winner Daniel Abt’s disqualification.
Evans’ pace steadily improved as the season progressed, and he was beginning to apply pressure to his more experienced team-mate Piquet by the halfway point in the season. A seventh-place finish in the Santiago E-Prix was followed by sixth place in Mexico City, but arguably his finest performance that season came at the Punta del Este E-Prix, race six of 12. Starting from the back after having his lap time deleted for a technical appearance, Evans diced through the field to finish fourth, a result which marked a turning point in his season.
Team-mate Piquet scored just three more points that season, while Evans added to his tally with top 10 results in Rome, Berlin, Zurich, and New York. At the Rome E-Prix, he had looked on course for a podium finish after battling Andre Lotterer hard for the lead but had to settle for ninth in the end after running low on energy in the closing laps.
Evans made the headlines once again, however, with a surprise pole position at the Zurich E-Prix – his and Jaguar’s first – but that maiden victory still eluded as a drivethrough penalty meant he could only finish seventh in the race.
That starring performance in Zurich qualifying, however, meant Evans had achieved the notable milestone of having scored Jaguar’s first points, pole position, and first podium finish in Formula E.
A strong second half to the season meant Evans wound up an impressive seventh in the drivers’ standings, 17 points clear of his more experienced team-mate Piquet.
Mitch Evans – 2018/19 Formula E Season
For Evans’ third season in Formula E, he was once again partnered by Piquet but the pair would experience vastly different fortunes as the season went on. At the first race in Diriyah, Evans brought his Jaguar home in a strong fourth-place finish and went on to add further points in each of the following six races – the only driver during that period to do so.
Piquet, in contrast, scored just a solitary point at the opening weekend was released from his contract following the Sanya E-Prix in March.
At the next race in Rome, Evans was partnered by British driver Alex Lynn but it was the Kiwi who once again stood out. Evans put in a superb performance to qualify his Jaguar car on the front row alongside Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer.
A precise move from Evans gained him the lead of the race from Lotterer but subsequently lost time by unsuccessfully activating Attack Mode at the first attempt. Evans retained his lead but was forced to slow down in the closing stages as his usable energy ran low. After losing a podium position in the previous year’s race under similar circumstances, there were concerns that Evans would once again see a major points haul slip away from him.
Evans held on, however, to secure his first Formula E victory and with it, an important milestone for Jaguar with their first race win in an international series since 1991.
In Paris, Evans recorded his first non-points-scoring finish but he quickly bounced back at the next race in Monaco, securing seventh on the road which later became sixth due to Antonio Felix Da Costa’s post-race disqualification.
Evans experienced a late-season uplift in form which saw him climb steadily up the drivers’ standings. Another front-row start came his way in Bern, and Evans was arguably unfortunate not to take the win after harassing Vergne for much of the race. Second place was a decent return, however, after failing to score at the previous round in Berlin.
At the doubleheader season-finale in New York, Evans fought back brilliantly from his 13th-place grid sport to secure a second-consecutive podium, narrowly trailing home race one winner Sebastien Buemi. Remarkably, with title favourite Vergne failing to score, this kept Evans own title hopes alive going into the final race the next day.
A penultimate lap collision with Audi’s Lucas di Grassi left Evans with just his third non-score of what was ultimately a fruitful season for the Jaguar driver. He finished fifth in the final standings, scoring all but 11 of Jaguar’s points as they secured seventh in the team’s championship.