Mercedes first became involved in FE with the HWA outfit two years ago, this then morphing into the Mercedes works team for last season.
However, as indicated in a statement by the manufacturer in a statement, this may not be the end of the team. Mercedes is investigating the sale of the squad so it can carry on into the Gen 3 era, which will see power increased to 350kW (470bhp), up 100kW (135bhp) from the current car.
The car manufacturer says it shifting resources to the full electrification of its road-going cars by 2030, whilst reaffirming its commitment to F1.
“At Mercedes-Benz, we have committed ourselves to fighting climate change at full force in this decade,” a statement from Mercedes-Benz board member Markus Schäfer said. “This demands the accelerated transformation of our company, products and services towards an emission-free and software-driven future, and to achieve this, we must give full focus to our core activities.”
“In motor sport, Formula E has been a good driver for proving our expertise and establishing our Mercedes-EQ brand, but in future we will keep pushing technological progress – especially on the electric drive side – focusing on Formula 1. It is the arena where we constantly test our technology in the most intense competition the automotive world has to offer – and the three-pointed star hardly shines brighter anywhere else. F1 offers rich potential for technology transfer, as we can see in ongoing projects such as the Vision EQXX, and our team and the entire series will achieve net-zero status by the end of the decade.”