Lotus F1 team have announced that they will be switching to Mercedes power units from 2015 units, bringing an end to their long standing partnership with Renault.
The Enstone based squad has been powered by Renault engines since 1995, when it was operated by clothing brand Bentton. From 2002, Renault took full control of the team, winning two world championships with Fernando Alonso before scaling down its involvement in the sport to a mere engine supplier.
The newly emerged Lotus outfit, however, remained as Renault’s work outfit.
But with the French manufacturer not able to match its Mercedes counterpart in terms of sheer horse power this season amid a new engine formula, Lotus decided to ditch the former.
“We are pleased to have been chosen by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in a significant long term deal,’’ said Matthew Carter, CEO, Lotus F1 team. “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.”
The announcement is also a benefit for the power unit arm of Mercedes who make up for McLaren’s move to Honda engines,
“We are delighted to welcome Lotus F1 Team as a customer of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains from the 2015 season,’’ said Andy Cowell, who oversees Mercedes engine operations from Brixworth. “Lotus F1 Team is a strong technical group with excellent facilities and I am confident that together we will deliver a step forward in track performance next year.”
“ In 2014, the organisation at Brixworth has demonstrated that it can support three customer teams to the high standards expected of Mercedes-Benz, in addition to our focus on the works Silver Arrows. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continuing doing so from 2015, as we seek to make further gains in both performance and reliability.”