McLaren have confirmed that they have signed an option to join the Formula E grid from the 2022/23 season.
The Woking outfit under the agreement have the option to become one of a maximum of 12 teams which can sign up for that season – the ninth edition of the Formula E Championship.
McLaren Applied are currently the exclusive battery supplier for Formula E, meaning they are unable to enter a works team until that deal comes to an end – the contract expires following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.
This is one of several categories which McLaren are weighing up as they look to expand their motorsport portfolio, and now they will consider whether or not to commit to Formula E.
“We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction,” said McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown.
“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.”
Alejandro Agag, founder and chairman of Formula E, is delighted that the series has attracted the attention of McLaren, one of the biggest names in motorsport.
“McLaren Racing securing an option to join the Formula E grid from Gen3 is testament to the ongoing impact of our sport,” he said.
“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.”
Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, added: “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.”