McLaren Racing announced on Monday that they have signed an option with the ABB FIA Formula E all electric world championship to participate in season nine in 2022 as the team continue to diversify their motorsport interests.

The Woking based outfit currently compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship with Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris and the NTT IndyCar Series with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist while Juan Pablo Montoya will compete in a third IndyCar entry in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which is scheduled to take place on May 30.

Speaking about the news of McLaren’s intention to enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, CEO of the team Zak Brown commented saying:

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.

ABB FIA Formula E Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag commented saying:

McLaren Racing securing an option to join the Formula E grid from Gen3 is testament to the ongoing impact of our sport. With some of the most famous names in motorsport already competing in Formula E, we are thrilled that McLaren Racing has decided to examine a potential entry to Formula E.

Chief Executive Officer of ABB FIA Formula E Jamie Reigle commented on the news saying:

We are delighted that McLaren Racing, one of the most iconic names in motorsport, has secured an option to join Formula E. McLaren has contributed immensely to Formula E’s success as suppliers of our Gen2 battery systems. We now look forward to working with McLaren Racing to demonstrate the sporting and commercial potential of Formula E and devise ways to elevate the series to a new level, as part of their evaluation.

In a Q&A Zak Brown was asked:

Are you concerned by the recent withdrawals of BMW and Audi?
The reason we’ve taken up an option is to give ourselves the appropriate time to evaluate Formula E as a platform for McLaren Racing in the future. It will be a comprehensive evaluation and will look at a broad range of factors, including the new Gen3 car, upcoming budget cap, commercial and marketing outlook, and the background to decisions made by those brands who have chosen not to continue.

When will you have to decide by to be ready to enter season nine?
We have taken the option now to give ourselves the appropriate time to properly evaluate this proposition in detail. We are satisfied that we have the necessary time should we choose to commit.

How much did you pay for the option?
We never disclose commercially confidential information.

Will you field your own team or partner with an existing team?
This will form part of our evaluation.

Do you have an idea of which drivers will you use?
This will form part of the evaluation.

Will you redeploy staff to Formula E from F1 especially those who you may have to lose because of the reduction in budget cap?
This will form part of our evaluation.

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