Mercedes GP has signed an agreement for potential entry into Formula E's fifth season, starting in two years' time

Mercedes looks poised to enter the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship following the signing of an agreement with the series organisers.

Pending approval from the FIA, Mercedes Grand Prix Ltd will be able to take one of the two new team slots due to be made available in the electric series’ fifth season.

That season will be the first to require drivers to use one car for a race’s entirety, rather than the two-cars-per-race format that is currently employed.

Mercedes' announcement came from its grand prix headquarters in Brackley, suggesting the electric outfit could make use of the team's F1 facilities.

Formula 1 engines are made at Mercedes' High Performance Powertrains site in Brixworth, as was the electric drivetrain of the Mercedes-AMG SLS Electric Drive, so it's already well placed to produce motors for Formula E.

A Mercedes spokesperson told Autocar that while the Formula E agreement leaves the door open for Mercedes to enter a team, no final decision has been made. "No project exists at this stage so we can't comment further," he said.

Rival car maker BMW is also involved in Formula E through a partnership with Andretti Racing, but the deal ends at the close of the 2017/2018 season. Following this, BMW could choose to enter a full factory-run team to rival Mercedes, as suggested by recent comments from BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson.

“[When] we can have an impact through developing our own batteries, which will be good enough to go through a race without the need for a stop, and when there is a broad audience at downtown venues, manufacturers will want to get involved,” he said. “And at that point the competition between manufacturers will also be appealing.

“How things will turn out remains to be seen, but our partnership with Andretti gives us options to get more involved.”

If both Mercedes and BMW choose to field factory teams in the 2018/2019 season, they will be race against the recently launched Jaguar Racing, as well as Audi, which is becoming increasingly involved with the ABT Sportsline team, and Renault via its e.Dams team.

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4 October 2016
Wont be long until Formula E overtakes F1, all the big players seem to be moving over to Formula E, with the investment that will be made by companies like BMW & Mercedes on technology that will actually make it to the mass market rather than the hyper car market this can only be a good thing for us as consumers, bad thing as petrol heads! Still think F1 will be around for a while but unless they give the fans what we want and that is fast RACING, not fuel saving, then F1 will be dead within 10 years as Formula E will take over!

4 October 2016
Cageman86 wrote:

Wont be long until Formula E overtakes F1, all the big players seem to be moving over to Formula E, with the investment that will be made by companies like BMW & Mercedes on technology that will actually make it to the mass market rather than the hyper car market this can only be a good thing for us as consumers, bad thing as petrol heads! Still think F1 will be around for a while but unless they give the fans what we want and that is fast RACING, not fuel saving, then F1 will be dead within 10 years as Formula E will take over!

I really can't see that happening. F1 will always be the pinnacle of motorsport and therefore the most attractive formula for manufacturers. The cars will no doubt change to move with the times but F1 will remain.

5 October 2016
QuestionEverything wrote:
Cageman86 wrote:

Wont be long until Formula E overtakes F1, all the big players seem to be moving over to Formula E, with the investment that will be made by companies like BMW & Mercedes on technology that will actually make it to the mass market rather than the hyper car market this can only be a good thing for us as consumers, bad thing as petrol heads! Still think F1 will be around for a while but unless they give the fans what we want and that is fast RACING, not fuel saving, then F1 will be dead within 10 years as Formula E will take over!

I really can't see that happening. F1 will always be the pinnacle of motorsport and therefore the most attractive formula for manufacturers. The cars will no doubt change to move with the times but F1 will remain.

Renault (who might quit anytime), Honda (who are regretting coming back, Mercedes and Ferrari. The 'most attractive' form of motorsport arent attracting anyone! FE now has a far bigger list of car makers and growing

4 October 2016
I hope they take Mr Bling with them. It's so tiresome listening to him arrogantly comparing himself to Ayrton Senna when he wins, and blaming the team for knobbling his car when he loses. If he goes they should name their Formula E racecars the Silver Linings.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

4 October 2016
If they do form an FE team then they'll no doubt make that the most tedious thing to watch like they've done with F1. They should spend the money on trying to make their road cards vaguely interesting to drive instead. Mercedes stopped making really good cars at the end of the 80's. Audi did the same with endurance racing but still don't really transfer that sparkle to their road cars, apart from the R8. At least BMW always try to make a driver's car and largely succeed. Manufacturers who enter motorsport should make cars that don't try to put you to sleep. Otherwise, why bother racing?

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