F1 cars use fossil fuels, which makes the series run counter to the global push for clean air. You want to be more sustainable, but this requires a sharp turn to the left.
The results of the British Grand Prix last weekend proved to be an exciting ride, even in the season affecting Formula One. Introducing a 100-kilometer sprint on Saturday to determine the starting point for Sunday’s main event, Max Verstappen can get ahead of Lewis Hamilton even if he sees flames from Lewis Hamilton’s front brakes early in the race . A day later, a controversial collision between the two caused Verstappen to withdraw from the game and rush him to the hospital; the winning black Hamilton was attacked by a lot of racial slander on social media.
Although unpleasant, for a sport that needs to not only accelerate to shed stagnant ratings and the slow drag of the sharp drop in revenue last year, but also to find a way to avoid an imminent head-on collision, action in the clue Dramatic politicians hope to suffocate gasoline cars.
“Ultimately, what we want to do is become the most exciting sport in the world,” said Yath Gangakumaran, F1 director of strategy and business development and executive responsible for promoting the world’s oldest motorsport, ditching its recession and getting a fuel that has fueled it for more than 70 years.
Despite the introduction of a hybrid engine in 2014, F1 racing is still heavily reliant on the oil and gas giants. The logos of these giants are decorated on the side of the track and the series’ smooth aerodynamic vehicles. 240 pounds of fuel. According to F1 owner Free Media’s first audit of the 2018 season, all of this resulted in a carbon footprint of 256,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to providing power to approximately 28,000 homes during the same period. Adding to the carbon emissions of F1 fans, as the BBC did, the footprint increased to 1.9 million tons, or about 207,000 households, about the size of Salt Lake City.
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prototype for the 2022 F1 season was unveiled during the preview of the British Silverstone F1 Grand Prix in Northampton, England on July 15, 2021. MARIO RENZI / FORMULA 1 / GETTY IMAGES
Fuel consumption itself only accounts for less than 1% of the total footprint, but it has a greater impact on the survival of the race than this, because policymakers all over the world are seeking to take drastic measures against the use of power Vehicles pass fossil fuels. In the United Kingdom, since F1 began in 1950, legislators announced earlier this year a plan to phase out the sale of internal-combustion vehicles by 2030. A similar ban in the European Union will come in five years. In the United States, more and more states are considering similar measures, including Washington, Hawaii and California, which is one of the world’s largest auto markets. As motorsports such as F1, Nascar and MotoGP struggle to find ways to use biofuels, automakers and consumers are racing towards a battery-powered future.
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British business giant Bernie Ecclestone appeared in the 2020 KitzCharityTrophy side race at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup held in Kitzbuhel, Austria on January 25, 2020. STEFAN ADELSBERGER / EXPA

 

 

43 This billionaire, once known as “F1 Supreme”, was ridiculed in 2012 when, as the head of the $9 billion business at the time, he dismissed the threat of electric cars as “stupid.” Now in the hands of another elderly billionaire, American cable tycoon John Malone, and listed as part of the free media, F1 is not eligible to provoke. During the pandemic, revenue in 2020 fell by 43% to $1.1 billion, which was part of a bad year for Liberty, where operating profit fell from $17 million in 2019 to a record loss of $386 million in 2020.
As it is committed to injecting more competitive energy into the series and generating a rebound, F1 can no longer ignore the policies aimed at the core of its business, which relies on automakers like Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault, who are in the market and Huge investments in manufacturing engineering to achieve breakthroughs have led to the mass distribution of everything from rearview mirrors and active suspensions to semi-automatic and sequential gearboxes. The series has set itself a goal of achieving zero net emissions by 2030, which means that it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions per game as much as possible, and then offset the rest.
“We are well aware that it is very important for a portion of the public, especially young people, to have values ​​and have a positive impact on environmental sustainability,” Gangakumaran said. It added that although it is aware of the conflict caused by the sponsorship of oil and gas giants, the sport intends to gain credibility through opening up, especially by promoting its efforts to shift to alternative fuels and more efficient engines. This includes a plan to run all F1 cars on sustainable fuels by 2026, which Gangakumaran believes will be the best way to achieve cleaner exhaust while maintaining excitement.
In May, critics objected to a promotional video of F1’s sustainability efforts that questioned the campaign’s carbon neutral aspirations and its plan to reduce single-use plastics, while still relying on 55%. single-use plastics estimate. plastic production. F1’s relationship with oil companies has also led to conflicts with environmental organizations in the past. For example, in August 2013, Greenpeace activists unexpectedly appeared at the Belgian Grand Prix sponsored by the oil giant Shell and unveiled a series of banners calling on Shell to stop drilling for oil in the Arctic. The company announced earlier this year that it would suspend these activities for one year and indefinitely discontinue drilling in the Arctic.

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