McLaren announced on Monday that they have signed an option that will allow them to enter Formula E from the start of the 2022-23 season.
The team’s press release read as follows:
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 option provides McLaren with the choice to enter the championship as one of a maximum 12 entries for the 2022/23 season.
McLaren Racing is precluded from competing as a team in Formula E while McLaren Applied is the exclusive battery supplier to the series. However, with that contract expiring at the end of the 2021/22 season, the team can now consider 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, McLaren Racing, commented:
“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.”