Evans earns his spot for the consistent strength of his Formula E performances in 2019. In what is arguably the strongest field outside F1 in terms of talent, Evans is a young driver shining. In 2018-19 he led Jaguar – again comprehensively outperforming inaugural FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr, who left mid-season with one point to Evans’ 36.
Alex Lynn fared better, but Evans remained the big cat on top throughout. On his way to fifth in the standings – with a better final lap of the campaign (he crashed out in the second New York race with Audi’s Lucas di Grassi) he could have been higher – he scored Jaguar’s first FE win, it’s first in a top international series since 1991.
That victory, which came in Rome, capped his season – and it was taken in impressive fashion, as he defeated Andre Lotterer, who was driving the DS Techeetah package that took the FE teams’ title and Jean-Eric Vergne to the drivers’ championship. It was an attack mode tactics battle (arguably the best example of this in the season), which also included an on-the-edge pass for the lead.
But his drive of the season came in the first New York race, where he charged from 13th on the grid (a starting-spot that stemmed from FE’s championship-order qualifying rule on a rapidly improving track) to finish second. He had to pull off move after move knowing his title hopes were on the line with each one and he didn’t put a foot wrong.
The gap to Vergne was too great for anyone to overcome, even with his New York race-one implosion, but Evans can be proud of his 2018-19 campaign. Looking back, FE’s years-spanning schedule means driver reflections can be gathered nicely for the end of the calendar year, Evans feels his 2018-19 season was one of "mixed emotions", as although he won and was in the title hunt for the first time, Jaguar’s early-season package development problems cost it time in the early events.
In 2019-20 he will almost certainly lead the way again for Jaguar, now paired with another new team-mate in James Calado. His new season started in low-key fashion in Saudi Arabia last month, but such a start (albeit slightly better) didn’t hold him back in the last campaign.