The 2-time E-Prix winner has dedicated to Jaguar Racing with a “multi-year” deal that will extend into the Gen3 era and ends hypothesis of a transfer to Porsche for the 2022 season.
However chatting with Autosport, Evans opened up about being “curious of transferring” – having been a everlasting fixture of the Jaguar Racing line-up for the reason that group made its Method E debut in 2016-17.
The Kiwi, 27, acknowledged he had thought of whether or not the “grass is greener” on the opposite aspect.
Evans instructed Autosport: “The identical guidelines apply, whether or not you are an athlete or in motorsport, or soccer.
“You do not know if the grass is greener or not.
“For certain, there have been instances after I was curious of transferring elsewhere, which I feel is totally pure.
“To see what else, would I be a greater match some place else?”
Nevertheless, Evans was inspired to stay alongside high-profile team-mate driver signing Sam Chook after the group emerged as a constant frontrunner over the past two seasons.
Evans continued: “If the efficiency was not there, I’d be trying elsewhere extra closely or in all probability transferring.
“We do not have the identical, to illustrate, sources or R&D funds in comparison with a few of the actually huge producers like Mercedes and Porsche.
“However I feel we nonetheless have a extremely first rate construction and personnel.
“I like mentality; I like the personnel.
“For those who transfer, that turns into a little bit of a danger of whether or not you’d get together with one other model or one other tradition.”
Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5
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As a result of international well being disaster that meant Evans was unable to return to New Zealand, he spent a few of the preliminary lockdown residing with fellow Method E racer Andre Lotterer.
Lotterer has been a manufacturing unit driver for the Volkswagen Group – as a part of the Audi and Porsche LMP1 programmes previous to 2018, after which for Porsche since its 2020 Method E debut – for 11 years.
Requested if Evans had spoken to Lotterer about the advantages of remaining loyal, he as a substitute introduced up the profession of ex-Method 1 driver Mark Webber, who has managed Evans since 2010.
Evans mentioned: “He was a Purple Bull racer for a few years, then he was at Porsche and he is nonetheless one of many Porsche household, so he very a lot sees that side.
“It is stuff we spoke about at size throughout this final contract, which he thinks is essential.
“You’ll be able to see the upsides of that [loyalty].
“There’s at all times downsides as a result of possibly you get somewhat bit too comfy, however not less than what you have bought and the place you stand.
Now that Evans’ future at Jaguar Racing is for certain, the group not has to maintain its Gen3 growth “confidential”.
He mentioned: “They are often open, I may be open to them. That is actually vital [for when testing starts in April].
“There isn’t any surprises, no processes of integrating an entire new driver. I feel that is neglected fairly simply.”