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Mercedes pulls the plug on its Formula E team

Words by Nathan Irvine

Powering down

Mercedes has announced that they will be leaving the sport of Formula E in August 2022. The news is somewhat surprising since they just won the Formula E World Championship with Dutch driver Nyck de Vries.

Head of Mercedes motorsport, Toto Wolff told motorsport.com "We have a team that is fully functional, that we can be proud of in a series that is good fun,". He continued "We have also a certain degree of responsibility towards the team and the series." The last bit of the statement is in reference to Formula E looking into ways that the team can still compete, but under new investors. A bit like when Red Bull Racing took over Jaguar's F1 team.

Mercedes reasoning behind the move is two-fold. 1) To concentrate on Formula 1 - especially since Red Bull appear to be closing in on their dominance and 2) the German manufacturer is pulling all resources to help the company achieve its goal of being 100 per cent electric by 2030.

It's a blow to the fledgling sport to have such a big name pull out. Formula E has always set out to be a more sustainable form of motor racing that's far more competitive due to the fact that the electric engines being very similar.

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