Mclaren to join ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for Gen 3 era
McLaren signs option to enter Formula E in 2022-2023
McLaren Racing has signed an option to enter the all-electric FIA Formula E world championship for the Gen3 era that begins in 2022.
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As part of its ongoing evaluation of potential new motorsport categories, McLaren Racing will now spend the rest of 2021 considering whether to go ahead and join Formula E for season nine. Until now Mclaren was banned from racing in the series because Mclaren was the official battery supplier of this prestigious all-electric open-wheel series.
But with that contract expiring at the end of season eight, the ban will be lifted, opening the door for a potential entry.
With Formula veteran teams like Audi and BMW withdrawing from Formula E at the end of the 2021 season, two vacancies have been freed up for the 2022-2023 campaign which will also see the introduction of the new Gen3 car, as well as a budget cap.
By signing an option agreement with Formula E, McLaren is assured of an entry on the grid if it decides to compete in the series.
With FIA's announcement in December 2019 of Formula E getting world championship status from the 2020–21 season, also making it the first single-seater racing series outside of Formula One to be given world championship status, is something that might attract bigger and famous motorsports teams like Mclaren to seriously consider joining the series as a full-time race team.
“We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.
"The opportunity to take an option on an entry, together with the completion of the McLaren Applied supplier contract with the FIA at the end of Gen 2, gives us the necessary time to decide if Formula E is right for McLaren as a future competition platform.”
Alongside its Formula 1 programme, McLaren entered IndyCar on a full-time basis in 2020 and has also considered entries into the World Endurance Championship and IMSA.
Right now, Mclaren has their involvement in sports cars as well. Certainly their hands are full with Formula one and in sports cars series and with their plans to join World Endurance Championship in the newly introduced Lmdh category.
Mclaren Bosses have to think long and hard before going ahead with the Formula E entry.