MERC SE­CURES FE EN­TRY SLOT

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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.

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