Lewis Hamilton has announced that he will compete in an all-electric racing series from next year. The 33-year-old former Formula One world champion, who is currently engaged in a driverless vehicle race with two other celebrities in California, said on Twitter that he will team up with McLaren on an all-electric car that “will be the future of Formula One.” He has not yet stated who will be his team-mate, but rumors indicate that Lucas di Grassi will be his partner in the new series, Formula E, which is set to launch in 2019. According to the New York Times, the new series will be limited to just three cars, with each participant able to take part in 12 races. A previous champion in the series will earn an automatic entry to the revamped F1. “I want to support McLaren in what they hope will be an exciting and dynamic new chapter for the team,” Hamilton said in a statement. “The Formula E Championship is very similar to F1 but the benefits from the electrification of the cars and future energy storage technologies are significant.” McLaren is currently part of the company which owns the HRT team, but will be able to invest in new technology thanks to the new series.
The 2018 season kicked off this weekend in Abu Dhabi. The season will conclude at a yet-to-be announced date in the fall.