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Mercedes to leave Formula E after 2022

Formula E champions Mercedes will withdraw from the all-electric series at the end of the Gen2 era in 2022 to concentrate on Formula One, the carmaker said on Wednesday.

The announcement comes three days after Dutch driver Nyck de Vries acquired the Formula E world championship title after finishing eighth in the season’s final race in Berlin, with Mercedes also winning the teams’ title after Stoffel Vandoorne’s third place.

“Mercedes-Benz today announced that it will conclude its ABB FIA Formula E success story as a team entrant and manufacturer at the end of Season 8, in August 2022,” the manufacturer said in a statement.

“Moving forward, the company will concentrate its works motorsport activities on Formula 1, reinforcing the sport’s status as the fastest laboratory for developing and proving sustainable and scalable future performance technologies.”

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In December, German manufacturers Audi and BMW confirmed they would exit Formula E at the end of this year.

Mercedes announced a new strategic direction for its brand in July, with the aim of going all-electric by the end of the decade.

“As part of the new strategic direction, the brand has deliberately chosen to shift resources for this accelerated ramp-up of electrification, including the development of three electric-only architectures to be launched in 2025,” the carmaker said.

“Therefore, Mercedes will reallocate resource away from its ABB FIA Formula E World Championship programme and towards applying the lessons learned in competition to product development in series.”

This decision leaves Mahindra, DS Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Nissan and NIO as manufacturers who have committed to the Gen3 rules that will run until the end of the 2025-26 season.

Race teams Andretti Autosport and Envision Virgin Racing are also expected to continue, while Mercedes affiliate Venturi Racing will be required to find a new powertrain partner.

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Formula E postpones Gen2 car introduction

Formula E has delayed the launch of the Gen2 Evo car until the 2021-2022 ABB FIA Formula E season as part of major cost-cutting measures amid the coronavirus crisis.

All teams, Formula E organisers and the FIA agreed unanimously to put in place cost saving steps to protect teams and the sport, with the first key move seeing the next generation of Formula E cars held back until 2021-2022.

Manufacturers will now only be able to upgrade powertrains once over the next two seasons, meaning teams could introduce a new car for next season for a two-year cycle or keep its current specification and run a new car for one season the year after. The FIA states the measures taken should cut costs in half over the next two seasons with the Gen2 Evo cars delayed by one season.

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The FIA and Formula E are also assessing more ways to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

“In these difficult times, adapting the cost structures in motorsport is a priority to ensure its sustainability,” Jean Todt, FIA President, said. “I encouraged the decisions regarding FIA Formula E Championship approved by the World Motor Sport Council in this regard, which are in line with the discussions currently underway for the other FIA disciplines.”

“During these challenging times, we have taken a flexible approach. Not only with the quick and sensible decision to temporarily suspend the season, but now by implementing cost measures to lower development costs for the teams,” Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman of Formula E, stated.

The 2019-2020 Formula E season has been postponed until at least mid-June with the next provisionally scheduled round the Berlin E-Prix on June 21, but organisers are preparing to reshuffle the remainder of the campaign when the coronavirus crisis eases.

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