According to Formula 1 Executive Director Chase Carey, plans to adjust the engine regulations are of interest to automakers not yet participating in the world championship. Speech, in particular, about the comments made last summer by Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of directors of the Volkswagen Group.
The relevance of this topic has increased again after Honda’s decision to curtail its participation program in Formula 1 after 2021. Discussions about what the new generation of power plants should be are already underway, but what technologies should be guided in the future has not yet been decided, although preparations are already underway for a gradual transition to biofuels, which is scheduled to begin in 2022.
In his speech to investors yesterday, Carey spoke about the upcoming departure of Honda and the plans of Formula 1 related to the transition to a new generation of engines.
“From my point of view, the decision of Honda is mainly motivated by the economic problems of the concern. The automotive industry as a whole is experiencing certain difficulties, and I think that all this affects Honda too, – said Carey. – This is the main problem.
Of course, there are a number of economic issues related to engines that we intend to tackle. But we can say that Honda reacted to the difficulties that already exist and were forced to make some decisions.
At the same time, we are getting more and more support not only from companies already working in Formula 1, but also from manufacturers that do not participate in the championship. You can feel their genuine interest in the direction that we will choose in the future, in the next generation engine. “
In this case, Carey is referring to the statement made by Herbert Diess back in August: the head of Volkswagen then praised Formula 1’s plans to switch to synthetic fuels and the desire to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.
“It is unlikely that the assessment of our work, as well as the importance of Formula 1 as a platform can be more positive, – continued Carey. “I think as we communicate more and more information about what goals we are pursuing when planning the transition to environmentally friendly engines of a new generation, the more support and interest will be from both our current partners and potential new partners.”