Mercedes still considering Formula E entry for season five

Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff has said that the German marque is still considering whether to enter a Formula E team for the 2018-19 season.

Mercedes secured an option from series organisers that reserved a space for them on the grid for season five should they wish to enter.

That was announced at the end of last year, but despite several months having passed since Wolff says that they are still evaluating the merits of entering their own team.

And with a deadline on the option expiring in October, that only gives them a few months to make a final decision.

Speaking to NBC Sports at the FIA Sport Conference in Geneva earlier this week, Wolff said, “We are exploring Formula E at the moment and try to form an educated opinion.

“It is something that is very different, although I think they’ve done a great job in establishing the series in a couple of years only. We are in a fact-finding moment and we will make up our mind until October.”

If the German manufacturer did enter the sport, they would have to do so with a customer powertrain deal in place, as they were not on the list of approved manufacturers that was published back in March.

This didn’t seem to faze Wolff, with him saying, “The rules are what they are. If we decide to enter Formula E, we will be a customer team in season five. There’d be no other solution.”