Lotus F1 Team and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains have announce a long-term supply agreement which will see Lotus F1 Team utilizing the Mercedes-Benz Power Unit from the start of the 2015 season. The engines will use Petronas fluid, bringing to an end Lotus’s relationship with Total, unless there is marketing logic in the French firm continuing to support Romain Grosjean.
“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,” said Lotus CEO Matthew Carter. “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.”
To agree a deal with Mercedes, Lotus had to negotiate a release from its deal with Renault.