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FE: Mercedes looking to enter Formula E in 2018

  • FE: Mercedes looking to enter Formula E in 2018

    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's team principal Toto Wolff reacts during a practice session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 8, 2016, ahead of the July 10 British Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Toto Wolff and Alejandro Agag have agreed to reserve an entry in the electric championship, Formula E, for Mercedes in Season 5.

According to the option agreement, Mercedes may choose to be one of the maximum of 12 entries to be proposed by the Championship Promoter to the FIA to enter the 2018-19 Formula E Championship.
 
Mercedes could take one of the two new entries that will be allocated in season five - subject to approval of the FIA - when the all-electric racing series goes from the current format of two cars per driver, to a single car for the entire event.
 
The current 10 teams in Formula E are all expected to continue in Season 5 and beyond, on their current format, or joining forces with other OEM's.
  
"We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest.” Toto Wolff said. “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 5. “

“Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry. Racing has always been a technology R&D platform for industry and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future."
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