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Mitch Evans - Q&A

Fresh from completing the Mark Webber Challenge in the stunning setting of Tasmania, Mitch Evans spoke to us about the event, Mark Webber - and his own plans for racing in 2014.
After a long d├ębut season on track in GP2, Kiwi racer Mitch Evans headed back to Australasia for a very different kind of competition - taking part in his mentor Mark Webber's adventure challenge in Tasmania.

We spoke to him after the five-day multisport event to find out how he fared - and to hear his take on the season just gone as well as plans for 2014.

Q:
You kicked off the 'off season' with five days of adventure on the Mark Webber Challenge - how was it?

Mitch Evans:
It was an absolutely amazing experience and I can't believe how stunning Tasmania is. It was very, very tough but also hugely enjoyable.

Q:
Was it a good way to kick back after a long season, or was it just exhausting?!

Mitch Evans:
Bit of both!! It was great to test myself off track.

Q:
There were lots of top athletes in there, how do you, as a motor racing driver, compare to competitors like the Olympic triathletes?

Mitch Evans:
Obviously I do my own training for my racing and very similar activities to the top Olympians but just not to the same extent and volume. They are unbelievably fit but I wasn't far behind.

Q:
Having just completed your first year in GP2, what's your overall feeling on how the season has gone?

Mitch Evans:
Ah, it was a very up and down season this year. It was amazing to compete in the GP2 series but the results weren't what I was hoping for but there were a few races I was very proud of.

Q:
What was your favourite race of the year and why?

Mitch Evans:
Probably the whole Monaco weekend, double podium around there was incredible especially in one weekend. It's probably the most famous track in the world and the backdrop is stunning!

Q:
You came to GP2 straight from winning the GP3 title in 2012. What differences did you find between the two championships when making the move - was it a big learning curve or quite natural?

Mitch Evans:
Obviously the biggest difference is the car, a big step up in horsepower but also the size of the car from GP3 to GP2. A lot of the step up is natural but there are always things that take time to get your head around when you start driving a different car to its limits.

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Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Picking a trail through the rocks around Mount Field on the fourth day of the Mark Webber Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Rough rapids sent some kayakers over during the river run in Mount Field on day four of the Challenge. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
Mitch Evans competing in the 2013 Mark Webber Challenge in Tasmania. December 2013. (Photo Credit: Perfect Prints, with thanks to WGMedia)
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. The race starts as Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) crashes into Mitchell Gilbert (AUS, Carlin). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 2. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Saturday 20 June 2015. The race starts as Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) crashes into Mitchell Gilbert (AUS, Carlin). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 10 May 2015. Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International) leads Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 10 May 2015. Jann Mardenborough, (GBR, Carlin), battles with Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) at the start of the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015. Top Three - Race One. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium with Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium with Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) and Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering).
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Sunday 19 April 2015. Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) leads Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

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