Mitch Evans has set his sights on a place in GP2 for the 2013 season after wrapping up the GP3 crown on a dramatic final weekend of racing at Monza.
Despite a wretched weekend in Italy, where he suffered his worst meeting of the year and scored just four points, Evans was able to wrap up the title after closest rival Daniel Abt could only finish second in the season finale – when victory would have given him the crown.
Evans, a protégé of Red Bull F1 ace Mark Webber, will now hope to move up to GP2 for the new season with the help of a €200,000 prize fund from Pirelli
"It's a very nice prize from Pirelli, which I'm very grateful for," he said. "It makes the transition to GP2 even more attractive, which I think is the ultimate step for me. This year has been an emotional rollercoaster and my phone has been going crazy since the last race, so we'll be working hard in the off-season to put a GP2 budget together. Right now, I just want to soak it all up and enjoy the next few months before testing starts again!"
Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola insisted that MW Arden ace Evans had been a worthy winner of the GP3 crown.
"Evans consistently showed that he had everything it took to succeed by leading the championship for most of the year and qualifying strongly, and that is why we are absolutely delighted to offer him this important 200,000 Euro prize towards next year's GP2 season," he said. "This award helps to extend our ladder of talent, which is designed to take the most skilled young drivers all the way to Formula One using our tyres."