Mercedes get after 2018 from DTM and focuses on Formula E
Mercedes holds the prestigious German tourwagenkampioenschap DTM after next year. The German car manufacturer goes from 2019 to focus on Formula E, the championship for electric cars.
Mercedes is already from the beginning of the class, in 1984, involved in the DTM. Due to the loss of Mercedes is going to the championship, in principle, continue using only BMW and Audi.
More and more automotive manufacturers are focusing on Formula E, the first large racetak with fully electrically-powered racing cars. Also BMW and Audi have interest in shown.
Mercedes had an option in 2018 to start in the Formula E, but decided a year later to start. “The Formula E offers automotive manufacturers an interesting platform to use this technology to a new audience. This is a new kind of race arise, that is completely different from all of the classes that we are accustomed to”, Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff in a press statement to know.
“Our years in the DTM will always be an important chapter to be considered in the autosportgeschiedenis of Mercedes. Although we find it hard to get the DTM to leave, we do everything we can to make the current and upcoming season a success. That we are the fans and ourselves is due.”
Mercedes won in the last twelve years, four times the rijderstitel in the DTM. Pascal Wehrlein, who is now in Formula 1 for Sauber drive, was in 2015, the last on behalf of Mercedes, the title picked up.
The car manufacturer is still also active in the Formula 1, where in the past seasons, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg the individual and the constructeurstitel won.