“It’s a vote of confidence in the championship” – McLaren has secured the option of joining Formula E from 2022 onwards.
McLaren has secured the option of joining Formula E from 2022, referred to as the Gen3 era. This after two automobile majors – BMW and Audi – decided to pull out of the racing category. The FE CEO Jamie Reigle was pleased with the news, as per Autosport.
It’s a vote of confidence in the championship.
BREAKING: McLaren Racing secures option to join ABB FIA Formula E World Championship grid for Gen3 era ⚡️
This agreement provides McLaren the option to enter the Championship as one of a maximum 12 entries for the 2022/23 season 🏁
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) January 11, 2021
“They’re going to do some work and evaluation on that over the coming months and then make a decision. If we can go from the option stage to full confirmation, I think that would be very exciting.”
“We are delighted that McLaren Racing, one of the most iconic names in motorsport, has secured an option to join Formula E. McLaren has contributed immensely to Formula E’s success as suppliers of our Gen2 battery systems.”
“We now look forward to working with McLaren Racing to demonstrate the sporting and commercial potential of Formula E and devise ways to elevate the series to a new level, as part of their evaluation.”
McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown on Formula E
McLaren Racing CEO spoke of the reasons for joining this category, highlighting the progress. Apart from F1, McLaren has also participated in Indy500, with Fernando Alonso driving it admirably.
“We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction. The opportunity to take an option on an entry and the completion of the McLaren Applied supplier contract with the FIA at the end of Gen2, gives us the necessary time to decide if Formula E is right for McLaren as a future competition platform.”