McLaren secures an option to join Formula E for 2022/23 season

January 13, 2021 | By : Arjun Bhalla
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The British-based racing team McLaren has secured an option to compete in the Formula E Championship of the 2022/23 season. The announcement came on January 11. Before making their debut in the ninth edition, McLaren will be spending the whole 2021 testing their all-new Gen3 car, which promises to be way lighter and faster too with rapid charging technology.

Formula E’s chief executive Jamie Reigle applauded the racing team and said they have contributed immensely to Formula E’s success. Reigle said, “We are delighted that McLaren Racing has secured an option to join Formula E. We now look forward to working with McLaren Racing to demonstrate the sporting and commercial potential of Formula E.”

Formula E is a recognized Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile-backed world championship where 12 racing teams participate. Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing Zak Brown is optimistic about moving in right direction as they continue to monitor Formula E. Brown said, “The opportunity to take an option on an entry gives us the necessary time to decide if Formula E is right for McLaren as a future competition platform”.

McLaren is currently committed to Formula One until 2025 under the new global championship Concorde Agreement, while they can also enter in the US-based IndyCar Series. Brown also confirmed that the team is also interested in racing in the World Endurance Championship and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

There is no surety that McClaren will join the racing grid, but they will be given priority to be one of the 12 teams if they decide to participate.  If McLaren does not race, they can still be an usher in the series’ new Gen3 era.



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