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Mercedes delays decision on Gen3 commitment

Ian James (Team Principal of Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team), Diriyah E-Prix – Credit: Courtesy of Formula E

Mercedes will not accept the rule change for the Gen3 cars as presented but will still “wait and see.”

This was announced by the team manager of the Mercedes Formula E team, Ian James. The final decision will be made “in the next few weeks”.

Mercedes is only in its second year in Formula E, but it could become one of the pillars in the premier class of electric motorsports because, after the exit of Audi and BMW, Mercedes is one of the only teams in Formula E that is a factory team.

On the German automaker’s side, they are not 100% sure yet if an involvement in the Gen3 era will happen. They still need to be clear about “important details regarding the structure of the series”.

Ian James commented:  “We’re still in discussion at the moment with Formula E Operations, the commercial rights holder. We need to get those details finalized before we can hand on heart, together with the board, give that commitment. Because of the length of that commitment, it’s crucial all the details are absolutely right.”

Mercedes’ hesitation stems from the FIA’s decision that a manufacturer must continue to pay the €300,000 registration and homologation fee per season until the end of the regulatory cycle if the team would consider exiting Formula E.

He added: “Quite rightly, the FIA have structured it in such a way that they’re looking for commitment and stability over the duration of that generation.”

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