McLaren have announced that they will join Extreme E on top of existing Formula One and IndyCar commitments for 2022 season.
Back in January, McLaren had announced that they were evaluating a move into Formula E from 2022-23 season, yet have now decided to join Extreme E on top of their F1 and IndyCar commitments.
Explaining their reasons for the decision to join Extreme E in a statement, McLaren pointed to the series matching a ‘strategic, economic and operational criteria’ underpinned by a keenness to accelerate McLaren’s own sustainability project with focus on cutting carbon and waste whilst increasing recycling.
McLaren also praised Extreme E for ‘built-in equality and diversity’ with the requirement for each team to field one male and one female driver in their line-ups.
McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown speaking on the decision to join Extreme E, described the series as ‘innovative’ and of an ability which enables “us to accelerate and boost our own overarching sustainability agenda, which shares the same priorities of decarbonisation, waste reduction, diversity and equality.”
Brown also spoke about how “McLaren has always been at the forefront and never afraid to push new boundaries. This new venture is true to our roots of participating in a variety of categories, innovation and bravery.”
Extreme E races around five circuits in remote location which individually highlight various global issues from Red Sea turtle conservation to deforestation, which Brown hailed “as a force of good in confronting some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and in the future.”
Brown though iterated that F1 and Indycar “will always remain at the centre of our world” despite making a move into Extreme E and most recently eSports, with the latter two complimenting and supporting various McLaren programmes.”
Extreme E CEO, Alejandro Agag meanwhile believes that McLaren’s involvement will serve as “a huge endorsement…” of the impact that the series has already made upon motorsport in just two opening rounds of their inaugural season.
On McLaren’s decision to join the series, Agag said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Zak and the powerhouse McLaren Racing team to Extreme E, and it’s safe to say, we can’t wait to see how the team performs in its first off-road, electric racing debut.”