The Lotus F1 team have confirmed a new power unit partnership with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, to start next year and run for the long-term. It’s not a huge surprise to see Lotus move away from current suppliers Renault, after season-long problems have culminated in huge outbursts from driver Romain Grosjean, relating to the engine and including mild swear words.
With that in mind, the new agreement is a long-term deal, with CEO of Lotus, Matthew Carter, saying: “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.”
For their part, Mercedes are pleased to keep their roster of customers up after splitting with McLaren. The Woking team will, of course, run Honda engines next season.
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References Lotus F1 Team, Lotus Renault GP, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, Renault F1 Team, Renault Sport F1 Team
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