Mercedes Set To Join Formula E In 2018

Formula E continues to draw in the big manufacturers, with Mercedes now announcing that it has secured an entry slot for season five of the series.

The German manufacturer is looking to take its dominant F1 success to the all-electric championship.

It follows BMW announcing last week that it has joined Formula E as a partner to Andretti, with the intention of possibly entering a works outfit in season five.

The 2018/2019 season looks set to be a big one, with possible new entries (boosting the grid to 12 teams) and the addition of a new battery from supplier McLaren which should last the entire race.

Mercedes has signed an option agreement with Formula E, meaning it could choose to be one of the two expected new teams for 2018/2019.

So it’s not an official “yes” at the moment but Mercedes entering Formula E as a team is certainly a strong possibility and it’s awesome to see another big manufacturer showing interest.

Toto Wolff - Brackley 2016

“We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest,” Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said on the announcement.

“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 five.

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

So we could well see the Silver Arrows hitting the track in the electric single seater championship in a few years, which would certainly be awesome news for Formula E.