Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag thinks Mercedes’ decision to leave the all-electric series might mean the manufacturer wants to do ‘the last dance’ with Formula 1.
After winning both the Drivers’ and the Teams’ Championship in the 2020/2021 Formula E season, Mercedes announced they will be leaving the series after the 2021/2022 season.
The manufacturer explained they want to focus on Formula 1, as it remains “the fastest laboratory for developing and proving sustainable and scalable future performance technologies”.
Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag says he is still puzzled by the decision.
“For me, I cannot understand their decision, it simply puzzles me,” he told Motorsport TV.
“They are selling electric cars more and more, they will stop selling combustion cars in the UK in 2030. To go back to combustion racing, maybe they’re having a little bit of ‘the last dance’.
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“They want to enjoy these last years burning fuel and then in 2030 they will maybe come back to electric racing. Probably before that.
“But I cannot understand the decision, but it’s not a problem.”
Mercedes is not the only big manufacturer leaving the all-electric series, Audi and BMW have also decided to pull the plug on their participation in Formula E.
Agag, however, says this will not hurt the series.
“We have other manufacturers coming on board very soon. We have fantastic independent teams. You need to make championships ready to go with independent teams only.
“Formula E is in great shape,” the Spaniard concluded.