Lotus to use Mercedes power from 2015

By on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus has confirmed that it is switching from Renault to Mercedes Power Units from the start of the 2015 campaign.

The Enstone-based team has used Renault engines for two decades but McLaren's decision to move to Honda power for 2015 allowed Mercedes to supply another outfit and Lotus has opted to make the switch.

"We are pleased to have been chosen by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in a significant long term deal," said Lotus CEO Matthew Carter.

"We intend to return to the front of the field with the goals of winning Grands Prix and being a strong championship contender once more and we see this new agreement as one step towards this aim.

"The Mercedes-Benz Power Unit has shown good performance on track and it is our goal to marry this motive force to Enstone’s chassis expertise.

"It is our desire that the E23 Hybrid, powered by Mercedes-Benz, heralds a new era of success for Enstone. At this juncture we would also like to thank Renault, who have been so closely associated with the team over its history and for the joint success we have achieved together."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that it was important for the squad to continue to have three customer teams.

"It was strategically important for Mercedes-Benz to continue to supply three customers throughout this generation of Power Unit, in addition to the primary focus on our Silver Arrows works team, and it was therefore clear that we would be looking for a new customer from 2015," he said.

"Lotus is an impressive organisation that has delivered competitive on-track performances in recent seasons. We are pleased to welcome them to the Mercedes-Benz family and look forward to building a productive working relationship in the years ahead."

Lotus confirmed earlier in the year that Pastor Maldonado will remain with the squad into 2015, but the Venezuelan's team-mate has not yet been announced.

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