Mercedes stick­ing to F1 de­spite For­mula E ru­mours

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Mercedes F1 chiefs be­lieve For­mula E is on the rise but it is too soon to en­vis­age Mercedes switch­ing from For­mula One to the elec­tric rac­ing se­ries. Chair­man Niki Lauda, a for­mer world three-time world cham­pion, told re­porters in Bu­dapest that F1 re­mains Mercedes’s pri­or­ity. “For­mula One is our rac­ing sport so an exit is not an is­sue at all,” said the Aus­trian. Mercedes and Porsche have an­nounced plans to with­draw from the Ger­man Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship (DTM) se­ries and the Le Mans 24-Hours race re­spec­tively, cre­at­ing spec­u­la­tion that they were poised to switch to For­mula E. But that won’t hap­pen at the ex­pense of F1. “No, we had to ask where is the fu­ture go­ing? And at the same time, we have to try to make For­mula E more at­trac­tive be­cause at the mo­ment you have to change the bat­ter­ies,” added Lauda. Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said: “For­mula E is still at the be­gin­ning of its de­vel­op­ment, but electrification is in full swing.— AFP

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