McLaren announced on Saturday morning that they were looking forward to the adventure. The team jumps in as the Formula E championship enters a new phase with the arrival of the fast Gen3 cars. According to the Woking brand, the specific plans and driver selection will be announced later.
McLaren was founded by Bruce McLaren in 1963 and made its Formula 1 debut three years later. Since then twenty F1 World Championship titles and more than 180 Grand Prix victories have been won. Additionally, McLaren recorded three Indy500 wins on its debut and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to Formula 1, McLaren is currently also active in the IndyCar and Extreme E championships.
“McLaren always wants to compete against the best and be at the forefront of technology to inspire and entertain our fans, partners and others,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. “Formula E meets these criteria, just like the other championships we compete in. It’s about racing, but beyond that, from a strategic, commercial and technical point of view, Formula E is a good complement to McLaren Racing. It will certainly help us to better understand EV racing and move us further on our sustainability path.”
Mercedes people become family
Brown also likes the idea of McLaren offering a new home to the people of the Mercedes Formula E team, which Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne drive for. Brown: “They are the leading team. They will be a full part of the McLaren Racing family.” Ian James, now boss of the Mercedes Formula E team, will continue to lead the squad at McLaren in Formula E. “It’s a privilege to be part of the McLaren Racing family,” said James. “McLaren stands for success and excellence. This is good news for all parties, but also for the people in the current team. You are the beating heart. I look forward to continuing to work with them.”
Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle is also delighted with the arrival of McLaren. “Starting next season and the start of the Gen3 era, this will be the only place where McLaren will compete against historic motorsport names like Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati and Nissan.”