McLaren will join Formula E in 2022-23 after acquiring the Mercedes team

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McLaren will enter Formula E for the 2022-23 season, taking over the Mercedes team after the German manufacturer exited the series at the end of the current season.

Following its decision to compete in the Extreme E series this year, the British team’s reach in electric motorsport has grown.

It had already signed an option deal to compete in Formula E for the ninth season, which it has now fulfilled by purchasing the Mercedes team.

Under the McLaren Racing umbrella, the Formula E team will join McLaren’s Formula One squad and Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team.

Because the arrangement for Mercedes to relinquish control of the Formula E team will be finalised later this year, current Mercedes team principal Ian James will stay on board to oversee the team.

“Today’s announcement confirms the next exciting chapter in the development of the team,” said James.

“Since our inception in 2019, performance, sustainability and adaptability have been the keys to our success. Mercedes-Benz have been the main enablers for this team so far and when we started this journey, we could only have hoped for the results we’ve achieved to date.

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team

“The company’s clear objectives and technological expertise accelerated our ambitions, and I would like to thank them for being the most supportive owner by helping us to do what we do best: racing. Now, once again, they have been instrumental in securing the right partner to continue our Formula E journey.

“Becoming part of the McLaren Racing family is a privilege: McLaren has always been synonymous with success and high-performance.

“This is a great moment for all parties involved but, above all, for the people that make up this team. They are what keeps its heart beating. Being able to continue working with them is what I am most excited about.”

McLaren confirmed that its driver lineup and powertrain supplier, as well as any sponsorship deals to assist fund the team, would be revealed at a later date.

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