F1 » Fewer fans at GPs would make F1 'greener', says Ecclestone

Dismissing notions that he and FIA President Jean Todt do not get on, F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone proposes a way for the sport to become more environmentally-friendly without downsizing engines...

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Dario - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 3:48 PM

You guys should really start reading before making comments, otherwise you'd find that you're agreeing with Bernie.

He doesn't want F1 to sound like a GP3 car. Does anyone here disagree with that?

He says there are better ways of reducing energy usage. What you'll save in having tiny turbo engines you could easily save by having fewer people drive down to the race.

But that's just one example. An illustration. You could just change that to mean teams can carry fewer supplies with them, so they have fewer freight, and need fewer transport vehicles. By such measures, you'd save more fuel than by having smaller F1 engines.

Calvin _

May 12, 2011 4:10 PM

Dario, if those front wings weren't do big, they wouldn't keep getting broken and the team would have to bring fewer of them.

Do you really think that the teams bring everything they want. I'm sure that they have restrictions on space/cost terms as well.

richard, the greenest thing would be not to hold the race meetings at all. That would also save the electricity that is burnt by all those computers where people comment on forums like this. Where will it end?

racy - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 4:25 PM

Calvin et all, racing's biggest worry at this point (all forms of racing) is the cost to fans of travel plus tickets of course. When gasoline in the U.S. reaches 8 dollars per gallon adios fans. And to the fellow speaking of 'off sets', all this does is dump the responcibility of carbon used to another lower user. It is still used. If anyone studies this situation they will soon see that racing does not contribute but a miniscule to the overall effect. One stupid war burns more carbon in a day than 30 years of racing in all forms combined. Be good all, have wood to cut before the ticks get bad..

EdAndTheBulldog - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 4:45 PM

Perhaps Todt's strategy is to do BOTH (as is Ecclestone'e suggestion). Ruin the spectacle of the sport with small turbo engines, thus driving away fans. Two for one, the racing is "green" plus fewer blokes at the event saves all those CO2 emissions!! BONUS

Calvin _

May 12, 2011 4:52 PM

I have to say that for me the jury is still out on the smaller turbo engine issue. Didn't we have 1.5 litre turbo back in the day? For me, racing was good then too. Piquet in a beautiful Brabham BMW. They sounded pretty good too.

bzzzzt - Unregistered

May 12, 2011 4:56 PM

Isn't that already happening? Every broadcast seems to show fewer and fewer fans at each venue. Who knew that increasingly steep ticket fees was really a ploy for a lower carbon footprint? :O

(YES, yes.. I realize that Bernie was being facetious..)

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