McLaren Racing is evaluating a possible entry of the team in the Formula E series for the 2022/23 season, official announcement declared. However, the entry itself is yet to be confirmed as they’ll be evaluating the potential of the series over 2021.
“McLaren Racing announced today it has signed an option to enter the FIA Formula E World Championship in Season Nine (2022/23), as part of its ongoing evaluation of potential new motorsport platforms,” the team’s official statement said. So what does this actually mean? “The option provides McLaren with the choice to enter the championship as one of a maximum 12 entries for the 2022/23 season.”
At the moment, McLaren is prevented to compete in the sport as they’re an exclusive battery provider to the series. However, with that contract expiring at the end of the 2021/22 season, the team can now reflect on its participation. “McLaren Racing will spend 2021 continuing to evaluate the feasibility of entering the series against a range of established criteria before deciding whether to proceed.”
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing commented on the announcement: “We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction. 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.”