In December 2020, Audi and BMW, the leading car manufacturers in Formula E, surprisingly announced their withdrawal from the premier class of electric racing.
With that, it will be interesting to see what the other teams will do. DS and Mahindra Racing are so far the only manufacturers that will continue to compete in the new Gen3 era. However, many more teams are expected to remain loyal to Formula E and continue to compete. There are also many interested parties who are not represented in Formula E. Leading the way is McLaren, who are seriously considering entering the Gen3 era.
Maximilian Gunther, driver of the BMW team, will certainly not have an easy time getting a place for next year, as BMW will be pulling out of Formula E. He nevertheless remains optimistic about his future in Formula E and the sport’s itself:
“From my side, I see a very, very bright future of Formula E. For sure it’s unfortunate that Audi and BMW are exiting, but I think there are many more people on the list of manufacturers that want to join, and that will join this championship. This championship is untouchable and having a great future. Already now it’s one of the biggest championships in the world, and I think it will at least stay like this.”
But the 23-year-old would also be interested in the new LMDh cars that will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from the 2023 season. But his priority remains Formula E, he says.