Exclusive: Mitch Evans has hope he can snatch Formula E title from Vandoorne

In an exclusive interview with Total-Motorsport.com, Mitch Evans discussed his title chances ahead of this weekend's 2022 Formula E finale in Seoul

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Mitch Evans admits he needs Stoffel Vandoorne to suffer some misfortune at this weekend’s Formula E finale in South Korea if he’s to have a chance of snatching the title away.

Evans is Vandoorne‘s nearest challenger going into the final two races, but trails the Mercedes driver by 36 points, with Venturi‘s Edoardo Mortara a further five points behind.

Asked by Total-Motorsport.com whether he was relying on problems or mistakes from Vandoorne to win the championship, the New Zealander answered: “Unfortunately, yes.

“He’s got to have some misfortune, which you never wish upon anyone. But I’m going to do my best and hopefully win some races in South Korea and then leave it up to him.

“Obviously, he’s operating really highly and he’s very fast. So that’s very unlikely, but it’s Formula E, anything can happen.

“As you saw in London, we both qualified mid-pack. There’s no guarantees in motorsport, as we saw with me.”

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02 Mitch Evans (NZL), Jaguar TCS Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5 , 1st position, , 2nd position,

Evans was running fourth in the second race in London, ahead of Vandoorne, until a problem with his brakes forced him to retire with just three laps remaining.

“I was just in disbelief,” said Evans. “I’ve had it happen to me when you just know it’s over. It’s not a nice feeling.

“It’s not just me, it’s everyone in the team. There’s been a few too many moments in my life, so I’m sort of getting used to them.”

The Seoul Street Circuit, located around the Olympic park which hosted the Games in 1988, features a mixture of corners.

It’s the first time South Korea have hosted a Formula E event and Evans is unsure whether the track will suit his Jaguar car.

“I’m yet to actually drive it [on the simulator],” said Evans. “But from what I’ve seen, potentially. It’s quite a long track, we’ve got different climate, different surfaces.

“Some races I feel like it’s not going to work for us. I thought Jakarta wouldn’t work for us, and look what happened [Evans won].

“I thought Mexico this year would work for us and it didn’t at all. So you just never know.

“We just need to get it right on the day and execute a good race. So regardless, we’ll be going there with the best approach and try and get something out of it.”

Nigel Chiu
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Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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