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Just catching up on the podcast. Here is a fascinating article on sustainable fuels and F1 which essentially argues that even if the manufacturers left F1, sustainable fuels would allow F1 to go to independent engine builders (Ilmor, Cosworth, Gibson, etc) to build a simpler, less expensive hybrid internal combustion engine. https://thejudge13.com/formula1/f1/the-future-of-f1-low-cost-plus-no-hybrids-or-manufacturers/?fbclid=IwAR0lkPEIjn8eqCImH9Fnm3oHtUnj872stY1AU4BDZ-79LHXPbAiFusTNsIs Personally I do not think there is one solution and F1 will eventually emerge as the R & D ground for them all. Electric, hydrogen, hybrids running on sustainable fuels, etc. Eventually manufacturers will probably settle on one solution which will end up being the predominant… Read more »
I tend to think that if there is a compromise between what Ross would like, affordable, competitive engines, and what manufacturers want, full eV or hybrid, it could be the sustainable fuel angle. You’re probably right, some combination might be reached.
Maybe what we need is a “Formula Hybrid”. Then Merc, et. al., can explore that to their heart’s content while Formula 1 and Formula E can go do their thing. This way, everyone’s happy.