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Mitch Evans - Q&A

We now have a driver (Daniil Kvyat) going straight from GP3 to F1 in a single bound. Does that change the game, do you think? Would it have changed your decision on your own next step 12 months ago or is a transitional step like GP2 till the way to go?

Mitch Evans:
Obviously we haven't seen this step to F1 for a while, you have to remember a few great drivers in the past went from F3 to F1, which is an even bigger step. There's more to it than meets the eye but the traditional progression is obviously from GP2 or another feeder series closer to F1.

Q:
Talking of next steps, what are yours for 2014 - are you planning on staying in GP2 and aiming for a title run, or looking at other opportunities and championships?

Mitch Evans:
I'm working hard to be on the GP2 grid for 2014 and going for the title. I did the same in GP3, so I'm hoping I can repeat that if I get an opportunity next year.

Q:
Mark Webber's been very supportive of your racing career to date. What sort of things has he helped you with over the last few years?

Mitch Evans:
A whole range of things, whether it's from a preparation side of racing, the technical parts of driving, fast forwarding my preparation at a new track, or just general life skills, Mark has been massively supportive and helpful in all areas.

Q:
Talking of Mark, how much of an inspiration has he been to young racers in Australia and New Zealand? Are there a lot of other young drivers following in his (and your) footsteps we should watch out for? What effect do you think his retirement from F1 will have?

Mitch Evans:
After a few year drought Mark was the first Australasian to make it to F1, so he is looked up to by most Aussie and Kiwi youngsters, but not only for his skills on track but also his professionalism out of the car. There are always young drivers trying to follow the footsteps of Mark and maybe myself in the junior categories but it's so tough for us to make opportunities happen and many get left behind. I think a lot of people are sad that Mark has retired, but you have to respect his decision, he's had an amazing innings but just like anyone is life there's time to start a new chapter in your life, and now is that time for him.

Q:
It must be nice to get back home at the end of a season. Would you like to spend more time in New Zealand, or does Europe remain the main focus for now?

Mitch Evans:
It's always nice to go home after a big season for summer and Christmas, I'm very much a beach boy so I love being at our family beach house relaxing and also preparing for the up coming season. NZ is great and still remains my favourite place in the world but Europe is where I need to be and is definitely my main focus now.

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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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