F1 is arguably the most innovative and technology-dependent sport in the world. It consists of some of the best engineers and technicians in the world – you name it, and they build it.
However, the sport faces heavy criticism for their adverse impact on the environment. Its gas-guzzling cars and global travel mean that their carbon-footprint is very high.
In the near future, F1 intends to not only nullify its carbon footprint but also develop sustainable technologies. They want to pave the way for the rest of the world to incorporate them as well.
Renault Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul acknowledges the role that F1 will play in the future, “I think Formula 1 will become a sport all about energy, what type of fuel do we want, what type of battery do we want to use also.
“I see that these things will be very important in terms of a breakthrough for the industry and in my opinion, Formula 1 has a great role to play, to lead the way in that respect,” Cyril continued.
“Clearly these things will have an impact, not just on the sport and not just on the automotive [market], but frankly on a very large scale.
“I think that there is a very interesting sort of area that is going to open for energy development.
“I think Formula 1 will become a sport all about energy, what type of fuel do we want, what type of battery do we want to use also.”
The future Alpine boss has hit the nail on the head with his assessment. It is time for rivals like Mercedes and Ferrari to unite and work for the overall benefit of the world. Rather than work single-mindedly towards their own selfish gains.
FIA President is not oblivious to the pressure the F1 community is under from environmental activists. Thus, he wants to be proactive, to secure the future of the sport.
“You take all the member states, they’re talking about climate change, about the environment,” Todt said.
This should act as a sign of changing times. A change that is necessary or the sport will drive itself into oblivion.