After having one of the foundering pioneers of the 100% electric powered championship, FIA president Jean Todt admits that “At the moment you can only consider F1 with a hybrid engine” said Todt to Motorsport.com. The biggest challenge for teams and drivers after losing the aspirated V8 engine, was the introduction of the so-called Power Units: the hybrid movement carried on by car manufacturers had contaminated also the motorsport movement after having hit the endurance series.
However, one thing is carrying 24 hours races, another completing Grand Prix distances scrapping lap after lap the circuit record: “300kms? There is not one [electric] race car able to do 300km at the F1 speed today. It will be decades before it can happen, if it does happen”.
So the solution relies still in the hybrid compromise, a fuel propelled main engine with a turbine and an electric unit converting the waste gases into horsepower; now the question mark, especially for the 2021 regulations, relies on the liquid energy put into the cars: "Today hybrid is the proper choice, the next step is to see how we can secure greener fuels”.
Summing up, these are good news to hear for the fans. Fans that had played an incredible role standing to the figures of attendances at the rounds for the past season.
A 1,75% increase on the total number of Thursdays’ spectators seen in 2018 is the sign of the genuine direction Liberty Media is pointing the championship to; Silverstone guided the classification with the highest numbers of fans on the grandstands, followed by Mexico City and opening venue Melbourne: with Singapore, Austin, Spa, Budapest and Monza, they formed the ‘over 200.000 weekend’s spectators club’.
Coming to the single year-over-year increases, Canada, China (thanks to the 1000th F1 race celebrations) and Austria were among the venues which reached about a 10% average increase in attendance.