responsible for Mercedes and the promoter of the Formula E announced hype the commitment of the brand of Stuttgart with the contest to get a preferential option to enter the championship for electric single-seaters in the season 2018-19, or what is the same, in its ‘Season Five’. However, Mercedes does not finish to take the step and several sources report that it will be finally HWA as a partner of Mercedes that effectively makes this entry in Formula E. In this regard, it should be noted that HWA supports the full program of Mercedes in the DTM, and works in other categories.
While Audi Sport and BMW Motorsport have already confirmed their programs factory in the Formula, And after living the previous experience as technical partners to teams that were already present in the contest, in Mercedes are valued to follow a similar option and make it through HWA. In this aspect, its founder, Hans-Werner Aufrecht and the Director of the Team, Ulrich Fritz, were present in the ePrix of New York. His presence has sparked the rumors of the incursion of HWA through one of the computers present, thus delaying the decision of Mercedes and at the same time facilitating its arrival to the Formula E at the moment so decided.
One of the most feasible is the union between HWA and Venturi Racing. Both structures share a partner specializing in chassis and also collaborate actively with ZF Group, a company focused on the development of transmissions. In this aspect, and although today ZF is responsible for the development of the power train of the machine HWA with the support of Mercedes could end up developing the power unit and ZF Group transmission of a possible single-seater for the season 2018-19. The presence of Maro Engel in the team, official driver of the Mercedes, does nothing more than feed this option.