Will F1 Look To Co-exist With Its Sustainable Contemporary Formula E?

Published 05/14/2022, 11:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

The car manufacturers are moving toward electric cars from the internal combustion engine cars over the next decade. It would undoubtedly affect F1 as they might have to choose between either continuing with thermal cars or shifting to electric.

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F1 currently uses a V6 turbo hybrid engine in the challenger. However, the authorities are looking for ways to make the sport more eco-friendly. FIA will introduce new rules and regulations since the 2026 season. The new regulations can force the teams to utilize synthetic fuels instead of biofuels.

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Meanwhile, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag seeks this as an opportunity to develop Formula E alongside Formula 1. Because he believes someday, Formula E might even become an alternate for F1.

Agag reported, I’m working on it without much success at the moment, but it’s one of my real goals, to find a way where Formula 1 and Formula E can exist in parallel in a very coordinated way. So let’s see if we can make it happen.”

“Formula 1 has a history which is that of motorsport. Those moments of glory, that is, it’s impossible to “grab” and make it yours right away [with a new championship]; you’re creating a new championship, you can’t just go back seventy or eighty years. The story is very important,” The Formula E boss further stated.

Former F1 champion agrees with Alejandro Agag

The 2016 F1 world champion, Nico Rosberg, agrees with Formula E CEO Agag. Rosberg believes synthetic fuel won’t be a long-term solution for F1 but will help other fields. He further claims that F1 would have to shift to electric eventually.

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Rosberg said, I see that they [F1] are coming with synthetic fuels, which for mobility as such will not be the best solution. But synthetic fuels are very relevant for other mobility sectors, be it airplanes, container ships, trucks or otherwise.

Formula One F1 – Miami Grand Prix – Miami International Autodrome, Miami, Florida, U.S. – May 8, 2022, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Marco Bello

“Hopefully, this will benefit all these other mobility sectors. But is that enough for F1 to be relevant? Well, that’s a bit of a question mark for the long term. Maybe, as Alejandro says, they will have to go electric.”

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Further, F1 will welcome two new manufacturers in 2026, Porche and Audi. The German constructors are more likely to enter the sport as power unit suppliers. They may also help the sport look for a replacement for the current thermal engine. It would be fascinating to see where F1 and Formula E would go.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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