Lotus will put an end to the long-term partnership with Renault and it will make the switch to Mercedes power train starting the new 2015 season.
Lotus switches for Mercedes power in 2015, so the F1 team and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains announced a long-term supply agreement. This deal has been expected for quite a while now, and it ensures the fact that Mercedes will provide powertrains for three customer teams in 2015, after McLaren has made the switch to Honda. Lotus, which joins Williams and Force India as Mercedes customer teams in 2015, will use Petronas fuel under the agreements’ terms, while the transmission will be manufacturer by the Lotus team.
“We intend to return to the front of the field with the goals of winning the Grand Prix and being a strong championship contender once more, and we see this new agreement as one step towards this aim.”, said Matthew Carter, CEO of the Lotus F1 Team.
According to Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Mercedes-Benz had to continue to supply three customers throughout this generation with power units, as it is part of the strategy. However, the focus is on the Silver Arrow work team, so it was more than obvious that they will look for another customer for 2015. The retreat of Lotus, leaves Renault with only three customer teams for 2015, but this isn’t an impediment as the French car manufacturer has already made it clear that its focus this year is on Red Bull customer team.
The partnership between Lotus and Mercedes will run until the end of the current power unit regulations that were introduced ahead of the 2014 season.