In an recent interview with Autosport, Ross Brawn criticised governmental actions towards a ban of hybrid cars - like the one recently announced by Great Britain, where the ban on sales could take place already in 2035. In many other countries such bans are also opted for diesel as well as petrol engines.
Such implications raise many questions for the engine regulations in Formula One after the season of 2025. For many manufacturers, the question might be if it is simply worth to invest in such technologies within F1, due to the fact that many technological solutions present in sport have been also used in road car manufacturing as well.
Ross Brawn said “I think that governments need to look at the whole picture. I think we need to look at the dust-to-dust carbon impact of personal transportation.I think picking on a specific technology is crude. For me as an engineer it doesn't make sense. This is where we are now, this is where we want to be, what's the best solution in that process”.
Chase Carey, the CEO of F1 backed the views of Brawn’s on the topic of hybrid technology. He beliefs that committing simply to only electric units brings a risk of ignoring other possible technologies that could be beneficial for racing. In a recent interview, he said “Electric has become a little bit of a silver bullet. There are environmental issues around electric, there are infrastructure issues, there are cost of electric vehicle issue”.
Brawn also mentioned the 2021 and beyond increase in bio-content in F1 fuels, mentioning that the sport could prompt an advance in developing sustainable fuels. He said “If the FIA say 'right it has to run on sustainable or synthetic fuels, and that's the only way you can compete in F1', you can be sure that that will drive that technology. And all the oil companies will be involved with that because they know they've got to find alternative streams in the future. So we can be the catalyst behind changing these things”.
Formula One has been increasingly looking into the topic of reducing the carbon footprint on the planet, and many possible attempts are made to drive a sustainable wave into motor racing. Recently Liberty Media has spoken about the possibility of not using the motorhomes in the future, as a way of proceeding with the “zero net carbon footprint” plan that is supposed to take place by season 2030. They are also looking for a way to reduce the logistical hassle that come with, in season 2020, record-breaking 22 racing weekends during the season.