McLAREN have signed an choice to race in Formulation E for the 2022/23 season – however say they’re nonetheless dedicated to Formulation One.
The Woking-based crew are certainly one of F1’s stalwarts and have signed as much as the Concorde Settlement, which binds the crew to the game till 2025.
McLaren chief Zak Brown outlined plans for F2Credit score: Alamy Stay Information
Nevertheless, they’re additionally weighing up whether or not to affix the popular all-electric series in its ninth season.
An announcement from McLaren stated: “McLaren Racing introduced as we speak it has signed an choice to enter the FIA Formulation E World Championship in Season 9, as a part of its ongoing analysis of potential new motorsport platforms.
“The choice supplies McLaren with the selection to enter the championship as certainly one of a most 12 entries for the 2022/23 season.”
The crew are at the moment prevented from competing aS they’re the unique battery provider to the sequence.
Nevertheless, that deal ends subsequent yr, paving the way in which for them to start out their very own FE crew.
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing stated: “We have been carefully observing Formulation E for a while and monitoring the sequence’ progress and future course.
“The chance to take an possibility on an entry, along with the completion of the McLaren Utilized provider contract with the FIA on the finish of Gen 2, offers us the mandatory time to determine if Formulation E is true for McLaren as a future competitors platform.”
McLaren-Renault got here third in final season’s contructors’ championship, behind Crimson Bull and Mercedes.
Ricciardo completed fifth in final season’s drivers’ championshipCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
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Daniel Ricciardo managed to take fifth place in the drivers’ championship.
In the meantime, Cyril Abiteboul has left his position as boss of the Renault F1 crew, which has been rebranded as Alpine for 2021.
It follows the arrival of former Suzuki MotoGP crew boss Davide Brivio, who has joined as CEO.