Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed it has re-signed Mitch Evans for the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
Evans will compete in his fourth consecutive season with the British-based manufacturer after claiming its first pole, podium and victory in the last two campaigns.
As revealed by e-racing365 on Wednesday, Evans is set to be partnered by James Calado, who has tested for the team on numerous occasions recently.
Evans was known to be talking to other teams earlier this year and is believed to have held initial discussions with the new Porsche operation.
However, following his and Jaguar’s breakthrough victory at Rome in April, the terms for a deal are believed to have been broadly agreed before a completion of what has been described by Jaguar as a ‘multi-year contract’ was made recently.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the team for a fourth season,” said Evans.
“I have had a taste for victory driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing [and] 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.”
Jaguar Racing director James Barclay believes that Evans remaining at the team will be key in the next phase of its development.
“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,” commented 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.”
E-racing365 understands that Evans has options with the team beyond the coming 2019-20 season in place but his deal is essentially a season by season agreement.
With the vast majority of top-line drivers having either existing or renewed deals coming to an end in the summer of 2020 a volatile driver market is set to play out for the 2020-21 campaign.
Jaguar is expected to formally announce Calado as Evans’ teammate on Wednesday in its launch at Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters in Gaydon, UK.
The team has been testing at Calafat this week with Calado in action on Tuesday, while Evans is running in its test and development car there today.