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Mercedes Plans DTM Ditch For Formula E In 2018/2019

Mercedes Plans DTM Ditch For Formula E In 2018/2019
25/7/2017


The formula one constructors Giants Mercedes are planning to venture into the competitions feeders (Formul E) series by 2018 and will be leaving the  Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM)  which they have participated in since the German series was formed. They will now become the latest major manufacturer to join the all-electric racing series.

Mercedes will be joining a host of other German manufacturers which includes Audio and BMW with other manufacturers which include Renault and Jaguar. 

"In motorsport like in every other area, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and to explore innovative new projects," Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. "The combination of Formula One and Formula E delivers that.

"Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture: it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies. Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience -- and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series.

"I am pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way."

Dr Jens Thiemer, Mercedes' Vice President of Marketing.
"Mercedes-Benz will market future battery powered electric vehicles using the EQ label," said Dr Jens Thiemer, Mercedes' Vice President of Marketing. "Formula E is a significant step in order to demonstrate the performance of our attractive battery powered electric vehicles, as well as giving an emotional spin to our EQ technology brand through motorsport and marketing."

Mercedes will be leaving the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft in the end of 2018 which will end their participation in the race since it was formed in 2000 and from then till now, enjoyed the first 10 years in constructors Championship but have failed to win since 2010. 

Toto Wolff On DTM Exit

"Our years in the DTM will always be held high as a major chapter in the motorsport history of Mercedes," Wolff added. "I want to thank every team member whose fantastic work has helped to make Mercedes-Benz the most successful DTM manufacturer during that time. Although leaving is tough for all of us, we will be doing everything during this season and next to make sure we win as many DTM titles as possible before we go. We owe that to our fans and to ourselves."
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