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McLaren to enter Formula E

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14/05/2022

McLaren is to enter the 2022/2023 Formula E championship following the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.

McLaren Racing will open the next phase of its electric motorsport journey when it enters the 2022/2023 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from Season Nine and the beginning of the Gen3 era in the pioneering all-electric race series. Formula E will join the McLaren Racing portfolio of Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E, and esports.

The decision to enter Formula E follows McLaren Racing signing an option in January 2021 to participate in Season Nine and a period of evaluation, during which time the team entered the Extreme E all-electric off-road series. The move into Formula E not only reflects McLaren's commitment to EV motorsport but the aim to accelerate McLaren Racing's sustainability journey and reach a new, more diverse global audience.

The McLaren Formula E Team will be formed through the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, expected to complete later this year, that will see the reigning champion team become part of the McLaren Racing family. Ian James will continue to lead the team, enabling a smooth transition to McLaren following the end of the current season.

Further details on the McLaren Formula E Team programme, including its driver line-up, powertrain supplier, and commercial partners, will be announced in due course.

"McLaren Racing always seeks to compete against the best and on the leading edge of technology," said Zak Brown, "providing our fans, partners and people with new ways to be excited, entertained and inspired. 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. While run separately to our F1 and IndyCar teams, Formula E complements and builds out our EV racing programme alongside Extreme E.

"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."

"Today's announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team," added Ian James, Team Principal, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team. "Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to our success. Mercedes-Benz have been the main enablers for this team so far and when we started this journey, we could only have hoped for the results we've achieved to date. The company's clear objectives and technological expertise accelerated our ambitions, and I would like to thank them for being the most supportive owner by helping us to do what we do best: racing. Now, once again, they have been instrumental in securing the right partner to continue our Formula E journey.

"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 as the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, for the remainder of the current season."

The announcement comes a day after Avalanche Andretti Formula E announced that it will join forces with Porsche from the start of Season 9, with the German manufacturer providing the powertrain and other support services under a long-term agreement.

The agreement will bring the Andretti name and Porsche brand together for the first time since 2008 when the late John Andretti carried the Porsche emblem for the Daytona 24 Hours. The manufacturer and family share a storied past which includes a run at Le Mans that saw the father-son pairing of Mario and Michael Andretti as teammates for one of motorsport’s most iconic races.

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1. Posted by kenji, 16/05/2022 0:04

"@Superbird 70..Whatever floats your boat so long as F1 is not used as a captive body for promotion. By all meams protest about tyres,batteries,fuel et al, as there are direct links, but social engineering and its attendant theories have no place in motorsport. Not for me anyway....."

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2. Posted by Superbird70, 15/05/2022 20:00

"US climate change costs were estimated to be $145 billion with over 650 lives lost. In contrast only just over 20,000 US citizens were killed by handguns. And only about 1100 by police. So which problem should we ignore?"

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3. Posted by kenji, 15/05/2022 8:42

"@ Max Noble....ALM, not BLM. Riots resulted in damge to public/private buildings and looting in 120 cities across 20 States in the USA t. in excess of US$1/1,5 billion dollars! What has looting got to do with it all? Yes, the right to protest is part of the very core of democracy but rampant political activism gets entirely out of hand. The FIA weakly folded on the issue and allowed teams to mount a sanctioned protest supporting the BLM. I saw that as an insult. They, and subsequently we, were used. As for Bathurst I have had a close attachment in the past from a business POV. The race sponsors were the ultimate owners of one business of which I was a director and another one at a later date with an entirely new business. I also owned a 65 acre property not far from Bathurst near to the Turon River and Hill End. Like you Max I have driven quite a few laps...great and exhilerating when coming off the mountain [ bump on the map really ]. Imagine a GP on a similar track? "

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4. Posted by Max Noble, 15/05/2022 6:45

"@alvarezh3 - Agree! Bathurst is one of the race courses I’ve personally driven, and going “over the top” at mount Panorama is a life defining moment… I loved the RX-7 from way back… but the multiple wins at Bathurst were sensational. Ah…! That’s racing!"

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5. Posted by Max Noble, 15/05/2022 6:39

"@SF 158 - Cost Cap, Snort fest… It is “totally” unrelated to the F1 team… Seriously… No $$ issue here as no one within McLaren would *ever* talk to another McLaren employee unless the FIA granted permission…

@Kenji - Rainbows, Unicorns, and BLM all have a sincere place in making planet Earth a good place to live… Which is not to say they have direct place within F1… I am always at a loss that no one within the UK demands that the FA Cup, or Wimbledon has more relevance to social/climate issues. What has the Wimbledon final ever done for road safety?! Quite… Groan. I look forward to Liverpool now taking a major stand on wind power, wave power, and the need for Eskimos to keep their Artic snow cold in a natural manner…"

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6. Posted by alvarezh3, 15/05/2022 6:34

""Zak Brown, "providing our fans, partners and people with new ways to be excited"

Who told Zak I get "exited" by watching that series?

I am exited right now because I have been watching the Bathurst 12 hour for the whole day.

What a racetrack, love watching the cars down mount Panorama, tricky, specially during the rain.

GREAT !!!!

For anyone that knows: Why are not the Supercars included on their own category? I saw a red Ford Mustang, so why not them?"

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7. Posted by SF 158, 14/05/2022 19:31

"With the Tecnology Centre already sold, where did they come up with the money for yet another team?"

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8. Posted by kenji, 14/05/2022 15:50

"@Max....hahaha. Yes, it's all rather pedestrian and moves at about the same speed! All this hoo har re 'road relevance' is another furphy put about to try and justify the series existence. On the other hand F1 motor racing is an art form, IMO. The push to be seen to be socially aware is insidiously overwhelming and should be irrelevant but the 'wokies' have focussed on F1 as it's seen to have a very powerful global reach ATM. I am extremely happy to see the end of the Rainbows and the BLM nonsense...that is until something new arrives. "

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9. Posted by Max Noble, 14/05/2022 9:43

"@Kenji - with you on this one. It is the most “Road Relevant” formula, but I had to check my streaming service, and remote, as I was sure it was playing at half speed… sadly it was not… I found watching it at around *6 “normal” speed made it look exciting… and got the race completed in a few minutes :-)"

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10. Posted by kenji, 14/05/2022 8:43

"Whilst embracing new tech I simply cannot work up any enthusiasm for this series. I have tried to watch a couple of races but after five/ten minutes I walk away. Yes, some people enjoy it and that's fine but not for this guy....you're welcome."

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