MERC SECURES FE ENTRY SLOT
Mercedes has secured a Formula E entry for the 2018/19 season.
The championship and Mercedes-benz Grand Prix have signed an agreement that gives F1’s dominating manufacturer the option to join the electric single-seater series in its fifth campaign.
Formula E intends to switch to single-car races in 2018/19, and is likely to expand from 10 teams to 12 – with one of those additional slots now reserved for Mercedes.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes motorsport boss, said: “We have been watching the growth of Formula E with interest.
“At the current time, we are looking at all the options available in the future of motor racing, and we are very pleased with an agreement that secures us an opportunity to enter the series in season five.
“Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry – racing has always been a technology R&D platform for the motor industry, and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.”
Mercedes is contractually committed to F1 until the end of the 2020 season.
It has dominated grand prix racing since the switch to the current turbo-hybrid regulations in 2014, with Lewis Hamilton clinching back-to-back drivers’ titles and Mercedes sweeping teams’ honours as well.
The marque is on course to complete a hat-trick in 2016, with Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg locked in an exclusive fight for the drivers’ crown.
Mercedes would join the likes of Jaguar, BMW, Audi, Renault and Citroen’s sister brand DS if it joined in the fifth season.