New Zealand driver Mitch Evans has taken another bold step with his motorsport career, signing with defending champions Russian Time to race in this year's GP2 series.
Evans has cut his links with the Arden team where he won the GP3 title two years ago and had a promising debut in GP2 last season, to join the powerhouse team.
Russian Time won the GP2 teams' crown in its maiden season last year and came close to the drivers' title with Sam Bird.
Evans now takes over as their senior driver.
Evans made four podium finishes in GP2 last season to finish 14th overall. But his campaign was dogged by technical difficulties with his car which hampered his driving, seeing him collect points in seven of the 22 races.
"I am super pumped for the season and cannot wait to get started," Evans said as Russian Time confirmed his drive.
"I can't thank the team enough for the opportunity. Time to get to work, we have a championship to win!"
Evans joins another new signing, Russian Artem Markelov in the team.
Markelov is also 19 and was runner-up in the German Formula 3 championship last season.
Both Evans and Markelov tested with Russian Time during the off-season and clearly did enough to convince the team bosses of their potential.
GP2 operates at a level just below Formula One, sharing meetings with motorsport's glamour championship around the world.
Evans' participation keeps him in the spotlight on the biggest stage with the GP2 races run as curtainraisers to F1.
The 11-meeting championship starts at the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 4.
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