Evans gets new Jaguar deal

Evans gets new Jaguar deal

Evans gets new Jaguar deal

Kiwi Mitch Evans and Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr have been confirmed as Panasonic Jaguar Racing's two drivers for the 2017-18 Formula E championship.

Ongoing frustration led Piquet to look at options elsewhere in Formula E, eventually striking a deal to join Jaguar in place of Adam Carroll, who has been dropped after a tough rookie season in the series.

The inaugural champion has left the Chinese outfit after three seasons with the team, yielding two victories, one pole position and the 2014/15 title.

"Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I'm looking forward to working with the team".

Dutch driver and 2017 LMP2 class victor of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Ho-Pin Tung, will continue as Jaguar's reserve driver into 2017/18, having dovetailed the role with his WEC programme with Jackie Chan DC Racing.

Jaguar Racing finished last in the standings in its first season, but the brand's new I-Type 2 racer is predicted to be far more competitive. As a team, we are moving in the right direction, and I can't wait for the kick off in Hong Kong.

The signing of Piquet is a strong show of intent from Jaguar, but despite this their Team Principal James Barclay said his expectations were limited to simply be "regularly competing for points".

Barclay said, "We are hugely excited to have Nelson on board for season four. I know it's going to be a challenge, and Jaguar has some catching up to do, but I'm here to help the team".

It will run the logos of new sponsors, GKN and Viessmann, with Ho-Pin Tung retained as the team's third driver.

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