Motorsport Bosses In Biofuel Talks

Bosses at the two levels of motorsport below the elite of Formula 1 have been engaged in talks about the development of hybrid engine models that would use biofuel.

Although F2 and F3 boss Bruno Michel has said the existing cars used at these levels will not change in the next three years due to the cost pressures created by the pandemic, the sort is talking behind the scenes about the kind of fuels the cars will use, Autosport reports.

Mr Michel said the F2 and F3 levels are looking at the steps taken by Formula 1 in recent years to bring in hybrid power units and eventually transition to biofuels by 2025.

For now, he stated, the cars will stay as they are, with the current models producing some “absolutely outstanding” races.

“After that at some point we will need to ask ourselves questions about environment, maybe hybrid, maybe biofuel, so those are things we are discussing at the moment,” he noted.

While the present cost issues rule it out for the short term, he added: “We will of course have to think about it and we are already thinking about it at the moment.”

The signal sent out by Mr Michel essentially gives the manufacturers and biofuel firms three years notice of what is likely to be coming down the track. By then, of course, the Formula 1 deadline for its new power units will be close, meaning that motorsport, hitherto the most gas-guzzling of all sports, could find itself leading the way in new innovation.

Biofuel makers may be encouraged that this could further aid the transition away from petrol and diesel, which is due to happen anyway in countries such as the UK by the mid-2030s.

This transition from being the preserve of petrol heads and glamourising powerful engines and private jet lifestyles has been led from the top, with many major figures in the sport pushing for it to become more environmentally-friendly.

World champion Sir Lewis Hamilton is at the heart of such efforts. His world-beating achievements on the track have given him a platform to discuss a range of major issues off it, ranging from race and social justice through to sustainability and the environment. As well as his personal commitment to veganism, Hamilton has urged the sport to become greener.

Indeed, he has found himself being reunited with former team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg in the latest series of Extreme E, featuring electric rally cars. The races are as much about promoting more sustainability as being first across the line – although two Formula 1 champions are hardly going to hold back in that regard.

Rosberg told EssentiallySports:  “It is very nice that we both had the same idea and we have this focus on sustainability,” adding that racing and the environment are his two main passions in life.

The 2016 world champion has certainly shown his own hand after his retirement in the wake of his greatest success.

In 2019 he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos to promote greener motoring, arguing that it was an environmental imperative both in motorsport and in the wider world. 

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