Mitch Evans is set to stay at the Panasonic Jaguar Racing for a fourth season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, e-racing365 has learned.
It is believed that the Kiwi has recently agreed to a new one-year deal with the manufacturer that will see him lead the team again in Season Six, which will get underway at the end of the year.
Evans was linked with the vacant seat at the new Porsche Formula E team earlier this year and was approached by leading figures from the German manufacturer.
While not confirming that he had agreed or signed an extension with Jaguar, Evans did say that his and Jaguar’s breakthrough win in Rome last month has helped solidify their relationship.
“I mean I’m quite deep in negotiations [for Season Six], so [the Rome win] helps to a degree, but its more from a personal point of view that it’s both a confidence booster for myself and obviously for the team as well, who also gain that benefit,” Evans told e-racing365.
“But from my point of view, it definitely doesn’t hurt at all. It definitely strengthens the perceptions about me and my value, but I wouldn’t say that its changed things for next year, but I mean, it may have helped.”
Jaguar Racing director James Barclay hinted to e-racing365 in Monaco last week that at least part of the British manufacturer’s driver plan for next season has been, or is close to being, formalized.
“We have always said that consistency is always important to us and I’ll be honest and say that a race like Rome was externally very important but internally we have a lot of information on how strong our package is,” he said.
“The plan [for Season Six] is forming. We have options and they could already be done but from our point of view we just have to choose the right time to confirm everything.”
A decision on Evans teammate for 2019-20 is likely to be made later this summer. Jaguar is understood to have an option on present driver Alex Lynn’s services for next season.
The team has also tested Harry Tincknell, Paul Di Resta, Pietro Fittipaldi and Anthony Davidson in the past.