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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)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) first, Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) second, Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) third in race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) and Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) at the start of race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) wins race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in parc ferme after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates on the podium after winning race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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