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McLaren to join Formula E next season

It will be taking over the Mercedes-EQ team

What do you think a papaya-orange Formula E car would look like? PHOTO FROM MCLAREN

While McLaren has suffered a bit of a dry spell the past few years in Formula 1, it does have a long history of success. Its list of former champions and drivers reads like an all-star roster with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, and Lewis Hamilton clinching the world title behind the wheel of a McLaren. And now, the Woking-based team will be taking its winning tradition to Formula E.

McLaren has announced the acquisition of its long-standing partner Mercedes-EQ Formula E team. Its foray into the electric single-seater sport adds to its current racing portfolio, which includes Formula 1, IndyCar, Extreme E, and e-sports.

It is the middle of the current season, and so the reigning Formula E world champion will be finishing the year under the German marque but will be bearing McLaren’s signature orange livery in the upcoming season.

McLaren enters the sport in exciting times as major technical changes will be introduced in the coming year, ushering in the Gen3 era of cars. Drivers, sponsors, and technical partners for the new team have not yet been announced but should be revealed in the days to come. What we do know is that current team principal Ian James will remain at the helm to oversee the transition.

Simonn Ang

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