McLaren announces acquisition of Mercedes’ Formula E team

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McLaren will enter Formula E in the 2022/2023 season, after announcing the acquisition of Mercedes’ championship-winning FE team.

Last year, after winning the drivers’ and teams’ championship in Formula E, Mercedes announced they will exit the all-electric series at the end of the current season.

Well, now McLaren announced the acquisition of the championship-winning team.

“McLaren Racing always seeks to compete against the best and on the leading edge of technology, providing our fans, partners and people with new ways to be excited, entertained and inspired,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

“Formula E, like all our racing series, fulfils all those criteria. As with all forms of the sport we participate in, Formula E has racing at the centre but will be strategically, commercially and technically additive to McLaren Racing overall.

“It is also satisfying to provide a home for the class-leading Formula E team that Mercedes has built, which will become a fully-fledged part of the McLaren Racing family,” he added.

“While run separately to our F1 and IndyCar teams, Formula E complements and builds out our EV racing programme alongside Extreme E.

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“I firmly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage through greater understanding of EV racing, while providing a point of difference to our fans, partners and people, and continuing to drive us along our sustainability pathway,” Brown concluded.

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team principal Ian James also commented on the news and said he was happy to confirm “the next exciting chapter” for the team.

“When we started this journey, we could only have hoped for the results we’ve achieved to date,” James said.

“Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance.

“This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating. Being able to continue working with them is what I am most excited about.

“I’m very much looking forward for this next chapter for the team and will be a proud member of it in Season 9.

“Until then we will be focused on delivering the best results possible for the remainder of the current season,” he concluded.

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