Mercedes joins Formula E
Mercedes, the dominant force currently ruling Formula 1, has taken up the option of joining the rapidly growing electric racing series, Formula E. The German car maker will make its debut in the classification for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Mercedes will join twelve other teams competing against each other in the fledgling series, which began two years ago.
“Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry,” said Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
“This will make Formula E very relevant in the future.”
The third Formula E season is due to start in Hong Kong on Sunday.
At the moment, there are ten teams – including Renault, Audi, BMW, and Jaguar – that currently take part in the Championship. Two new teams will be added to the roster for the 2018-19 season subject to approval from the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
Mercedes are expected to join the series at an exciting time, as battery development is expected to have reached a level where drivers will be able to complete the race using just one car, opposed to having to change mid way through a race.
In Formula 1, Mercedes have been the dominant power for the past two seasons; their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are set to ensure they take top spot once again this year, having won the majority of Grand Prix between them.
The faulty engine, which ended Hamilton’s race with just 15 laps to go while he was leading in Malaysia, has arrived back in the UK for testing. Engineers will now attempt to work out what went wrong.
We will leave no stone unturned,” Wolff said.
Hamilton trails Rosberg by 23 points in the standings, with five races to go and 125 points up for grabs.