The Panasonic Jaguar Formula E team will retain Mitch Evans in its 2019/20 season line-up, with the New Zealander to have a new teammate in the form of James Calado.
Calado’s last full-time open-wheel racing outings came in the GP2 Series in 2013 where he finished third overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings. Since 2014, the British driver has raced for Ferrari’s AF Corse team in the FIA World Endurance Championship GT class, winning the GTE Pro title in 2017 and claiming class honours in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“This was one of the most sought-after seats in Formula E and I’m extremely proud to have been offered it,” said Calado. “Jaguar’s motorsport history is iconic and to be a part of this team in Formula E is a great opportunity for me.
“Although electric racing is new to me, I’m confident in my own single-seater experience to secure some great results for the team.
“Expectations are high and I can’t wait for the first race in Diriyah in November.”
Having already sampled Jaguar’s Formula E car in private testing to develop its 2019/20 season powertrain, Calado will make his first public appearance behind the wheel at this month’s official pre-season test at Valencia.
“I would like to welcome James to the Jaguar Racing Formula E team,” said Jaguar team principal James Barclay. “His experience in multiple formulas and outright pace will be a huge asset to the team.
“We learnt how to win as a team last season and we are hungry for more. To be successful in Formula E you need two drivers who can compete for podiums at every race.
“With Mitch and James we can look to build on the success of last season by securing even more points, podiums and wins.”
Evans claimed a breakthrough win and two further podium finishes in the 2018/19 season to remain mathematically in contention for Drivers’ Championship title honours until the final round,
The New Zealander’s performances compared to the other half of the Jaguar garage were decidedly lopsided, contributing to the team finishing a disappointing seventh overall in the Teams’ Championship standings. While Evans managed to score 105 points, the combined efforts of Nelson Piquet Jr – who was dropped after six races – and his replacement Alex Lynn saw the sister car score just 11 points.
|2019-20 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)|
|DS Techeetah||Jean-Éric Vergne||António Félix da Costa|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
||Lucas di Grassi||Daniel Abt|
|Envision Virgin Racing||Sam Bird||Robin Frijns|
||Sébastien Buemi||Oliver Rowland|
|BMW i Andretti Motorsport
|Panasonic Jaguar Racing
||Mitch Evans||James Calado|
||Felipe Massa||Edoardo Mortara|
|Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
||Stoffel Vandoorne||Nyck de Vries|
|GEOX Dragon||Brendon Hartley||Nico Müller|
|NIO 333 FE Team
|TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||André Lotterer||Neel Jani|
Images via ABB FIA Formula E Championship
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