F1 vs FE

Earlier, F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn admitted that the sport could take the electric route in ten years’ time. However, Formula E boss Alejandro Agag rebuffed that claim vehemently.

Brawn is not wrong in predicting that Grand Prix racing will evolve un the next decade. He says that nothing can stop” F1 from eventually switching to electric engines. Especially when the technology became a compelling one for the sport.

“If in five years’ time or 10 years’ time or whenever there is a need, desire, wish to have a different type of power unit in Formula 1, we’ll do it,” Brawn said.

But, Formula E boss Agag insisted that his series’ exclusive long-term agreement with the FIA bars Formula 1 from switching to electric engines.

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Chase Carey and Alejandro Agag

“Ross said that Formula 1 could go electric in 10 years – and basically, they can’t,” Agag said.

“Formula E has an exclusive licence with the FIA for 25 seasons, and we’ve only done four. So the earliest Formula 1 could go electric is 2039, if we don’t renew our agreement with the FIA then, but I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t renew for longer.

“We have exclusivity until at least 2039 – so no electric F1 until then at least. If they want to talk to me then of course that’s a different question – I’m always open to talk to people.

“But without talking to me there is no way they can do anything fully electric,” he added.

“They could do it outside of the FIA, but then they couldn’t call it Formula 1, because Formula 1 is a name that belongs to the FIA, so the whole thing is pretty sealed.”

While many may interpret Brawn’s comments to think that F1 is a threat to Formula E. Agag firmly believes that the two series are compatible.

“I think we are very different and we are totally compatible,” said the Spaniard.

“There is no competition whatsoever, they are [two] completely compatible series. I have great admiration for Ross Brawn, but in this case he just got the maths wrong.”

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Ross Brawn

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