Rumours of the automotive and motorsport giant Mercedes Benz joining a host of other manufactures in the electric racing series Formula E have been afloat for a while now.
Now, Mercedes Benz have officially confirmed that they shall enter Formula E in the 2019/20 season. They have also announced that this means they are going to pull out of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series at the end of the 2018 season.
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Originally, the idea was that Mercedes shall have a Formula E entry ready for the 2018 season but Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff has said that this was deferred to 2019 because they need time to “properly understand Formula E” and “prepare for entry in the right way”.
“In motorsport like in every other area, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and to explore innovative new projects”, said Wolff. “The combination of Formula 1 and Formula E delivers that.
“Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture. It offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies.
“Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience – and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series.”
Also commenting on their planned exit from DTM, Wolff said : “Our years in the DTM will always be held high as a major chapter in the motorsport history of Mercedes. I want to thank every team member whose fantastic work has helped to make Mercedes-Benz the most successful DTM manufacturer during that time.
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“Although leaving is tough for all of us, we will be doing everything during this season and next to make sure we win as many DTM titles as possible before we go. We owe that to our fans and to ourselves.”
“Today is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family”, remarked CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag. “This shows how much the world is changing, not only in Motorsport, but the whole automotive industry. We’re witnessing a transformation that will first change our cities, and then our roads.”
“I’m very happy to see yet another manufacturer committing to Formula E”, added FIA President Jean Todt.
“Mercedes-Benz has been competing in Motorsport since the very beginning, and in joining this newest chapter of racing history Formula E, it shows that the vision and concept of the championship is aligned with how manufacturers want to develop electric vehicle technologies and bring these innovations to audiences around the world.”
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– Aditya Bhat.