Mitch Evans to balance GP2 season with WEC outings

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GP2 driver Mitch Evans will combine his single-seater commitments in 2015 with two races in the FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP2 outfit Jota Sport.

The 20-year-old New Zealander won the 2012 GP3 championship and claimed two race wins en route to fourth place in last year’s GP2 standings.

However, Evans will now spread his wings beyond single-seaters by taking part in two rounds of the WEC for Jota Sport: the 6 Hours of Spa and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’ve never raced a sportscar and only drove one for the very first time last month but I don’t see this an issue,” Evans said. “I’ll use my single-seater experience to get to grips with the LMP2 sports-prototype as fast as possible. I’ve followed sportscar racing for many years and Le Mans has always been on my ‘bucket list’.

“My aim at Spa will be to learn this new style of racing and gaining experience with driver changes. For Le Mans, the goal will be to help Jota win LMP2 again.”

The British team won last year’s LMP2 class at Le Mans with Simon Dolan, Harry Ticknell and Oliver Turvey in the car, but will welcome on board Evans and former GP3 driver Nick Yelloly for 2015 to race alongside Dolan.

“I’m very excited to welcome Mitch to Jota Sport,” Dolan said. “Hopefully he will help us in successfully defending our Le Mans LMP2 title.

“He is without doubt one of the best young single-seater drivers out there. With a proven track record of speed and bringing a car home in one piece. I’m sure he’ll adjust quickly to sportscar racing and I am certain he’ll fit in with Jota Sport immediately.”

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place on June 13 and 14 at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”