McLaren enters Formula E and replaces Mercedes

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McLaren enters Formula E and replaces Mercedes

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The most anticipated bomb dropped: Mercedes will leave Formula E at the end of this season and McLaren will take the reins of the team. Finally, the rumors have been correct and Zak Brown’s men are going even deeper into the electric category, after their positive experience in Extreme E.

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McLaren and Mercedes have once again starred in fruitful negotiations. Although in the past they have shown a successful business relationship and in recent history they have been reunited in Formula 1 thanks to a motorization agreement, the next step has been to reach an agreement for the transfer of rights in Formula E.

And it is that Mercedes abandons the championship of Alejandro Agag, an announcement that no longer surprises anyone, since it has been talked about for a year. In this way, McLaren Racing acquires the rights of a structure that has shone in the FE and continues to win today, despite having participated in only three editions with an unbeatable line-up of drivers: Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries.

The Silver Arrows, current world champions, will take over from the Woking structure, which will have the great responsibility to maintain the high level shown by the company controlled by Toto Wolff and entrusted to Ian Jameswho will continue to lead the team, although defending the papaya color from next season, the ninth of the FE.

McLaren expands its commitment to electrification

Zak Brown will have the complicated role of managing his structures in F1, IndyCar, Extreme E and FE, in addition to his freelance duties in the Endurance. However, the American businessman is satisfied with the agreement reached: “I strongly believe that Formula E will give McLaren Racing a competitive advantage thanks to the understanding of electric vehicle racing. It is satisfying to provide a home for the class-leading FE team that Mercedes has built and which will become a full-fledged part of the McLaren Racing family.. Formula E will complement our electric racing program in conjunction with Extreme E”, affirmed the CEO of McLaren.

For his part, Ian James will continue to lead the same champion squad: “Being part of McLaren Racing is a privilege. They have always been a synonym for success and high performance. It is a great moment for all parties involved. Being able to continue working with the people who make up this team is what excites me the most. I will be a proud member of Season 9. Until then, we will remain focused on delivering the best possible results to the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team for the remainder of the season.”, he highlighted excitedly, still, Main Team of Mercedes.

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