Mercedes will leave Formula E at the end of next season to focus on Formula 1.

The announcement comes as a shock, especially because the team has just won both championships available. The reason for the withdrawal seems to be focusing on F1, but this means the German team is going out on the highest of highs.

The team entered Formula E, and in only their second year, won titles. Nyck De Vries won them the driver’s championship, and they won the Teams’ Championship at the Berlin E-Prix last weekend. Their domination is not just limited to F1.

Next season will be the last time Mercedes steps into the e-grid. BMW and Audi have already pulled out, and now the German trifecta is complete.

Mercedes-Benz COO Markus Schafer said in a statement on the company’s official website, “In motorsport, 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.”

What next?

Mercedes’ desire to leave Formula E and fully commit to motorsport in F1 is a bold step, yet one that makes complete sense. The seven-time champions don’t have time or resources to commit to a full Formula E programme.

However, this means their Formula E drivers De Vries and his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne will have to hunt for new seats. After the end of next season, they will have to move to a new team. Given their role in Mercedes’ domination and their excellent performances, that shouldn’t be too difficult a task. Maybe they could even land in Formula 1.

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