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Bernie Ecclestone hits out at plans to make F1 pitlanes all-electric affairs

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August 09, 2011 5:59 PM

"unregistAred" Making an attempt at being green in the pitlane for 20 seconds then unleashing 750bhp is futile and stupid. It's equally stupid for F1 to pretend to be green when God knows how many people jet all over the World to get to the race in the first place!
If you are so interested in the environment go hug a tree, or maybe a tiger. F1 is not green and pretending that it should be is bloody stupidity of the highest order.


August 09, 2011 6:50 PM

As I said/posted eleven days ago the probability is the FIA will have to eat back the (only electric drive in pit lane) directive.
Unless the name and the spirit of F1 RACING is changed formula one racing and being green are just not compatible.
And while on the subject of the original meaning/spirit of what formula one is supposed to be whoever ever dreamed that while still racing under an engine formula engine development will be frozen?
Whoever dreamed that driver's aid such as DRS and KERS/push to pass buttons will be allowed (permitted) in F1?.
Formula one racing has been/is being contaminated.

Mark _

August 09, 2011 8:26 PM
Last Edited 1455 days ago

In an effort to be "green" there should be a support series that uses whatever is currently considered green. The AMA superbike series here in the US has a support series with electric bikes. Obvioulsy the green technology is not at the same performance level of the current combustion engine technology so forcing a change is a step backwards in performance. Plus how green are the batteries that are being used? Just because there is no co2 coming out of the tail pipe does not mean that the overall effect has less of an impact on the environment.

Mr D Bacle - Unregistered

August 09, 2011 8:27 PM


Agree. They even fly parts in during the race meeting as and when required. F1 could never justify itself in terms of tree-hugging sustainability even with electric engines charged from Icelandic thermal power stations ... so why bother


August 09, 2011 10:25 PM

@Mark, I have often wondered why a series using electric motors has not been developed. Try a 'run what ya brung' to get it started, see where it goes. I would think the auto manufacturers would be interested! And, make it global! :)


August 10, 2011 7:36 AM

eddie...They run an all electric motor bike race at the TT on the Isle of Man and I think the lap record is 99mph, not bad over 38miles and a mountain!!!

Must admit though, electric doesn't do it for me.

Diamond_Geezer - Unregistered

August 12, 2011 12:07 PM

@Mark Im with you dude. Its a pathetic attempt at F1 appearing to be 'green' Like you say with all the flying out of new parts during race weekends etc and things like the extra tyres being used at the moment (because they are only designed to last a few laps intentionally), things like electric pit lane motors are just an additional exspense and make zero difference to the impact F1 has on the enviroment!

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