At the meeting of representatives of teams and leaders of Formula 1 held in Portimão, the concept of new engines and the transition to environmentally neutral fuels were discussed. FIA President Jean Todt admits that the current power plants are too expensive and is ready to consider various proposals from all interested parties in order to determine a new engine formula.
Jean Todt: “In 2014, we made the right decision to switch to hybrid power plants. We could no longer afford to use naturally aspirated motors, given the current climate policy. The direction was chosen correctly, but it turned out that our technologies are practically impossible to use in serial machines. In addition, Formula 1 remains very expensive. We have done a lot in reducing costs, but further steps are needed in this direction.
In May, representatives of Red Bull told me that in no case should we “freeze” the revision of the current engines, otherwise Honda will leave. Now they want the opposite. In our business, priorities can change very quickly.
I respect every opinion and am ready to consider any request, but I will not allow myself to be blackmailed. Nobody. Fuel producers have threatened us that they will leave if we refuse to compete in their area. However, it is much more important that they invest in the development of carbon neutral fuels. In the end, only the right arguments are important to me, not the threats. Sooner or later, we must come to machines that will not produce harmful emissions. If it is technically possible to switch to new motors earlier, why not?
For two or three years no one believed in the prospect of fuel cells, but now suddenly this topic has become relevant. I don’t know if this option suits us, so I want to get all kinds of suggestions for my experts to evaluate. In this matter, one should not give in to emotions, since emotions can lead to the wrong decision, and we can no longer afford it. New propulsion systems must have the potential to attract new manufacturers. “