Mitch Evans has conceded that his dream of becoming an F1 driver is “realistically over” and says he is focusing on securing a drive in DTM or the World Endurance Championship for 2016.
The New Zealander has changed his plans for his future motorsport career by ruling out an F1 seat and prioritising finding a manufacturer to race touring or endurance cars for.
“Ideally I would like to be with a manufacturer in a top category, whether that’s DTM or LMP1,” Evans told Motorsport.com.
“Obviously F1 is realistically over, so I’m trying to start a career with a manufacturer. I think that’s the most sensible option.
“It’s the way that motorsport is; you need to be with people that can fund a good ship, because it’s so difficult to get sponsorship these days.”
The Kiwi is no stranger to endurance racing having won the 6 Hours of Spa in LMP2 class at the beginning of May and sealing second place at Le Mans in June.
The 21-year-old is already in his third season of GP2 Series racing and finished a clear fourth in the Drivers’ Championship last season.
This year has been more testing for the RUSSIAN TIME driver as engine and electrical issues forced him to miss Sprint Races in Spain and Monaco. He has only been able to score points in a third of the races in 2015.