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webbertron. the economy drive is not purely to reduce the amount of petrol that an f1 car uses. everybody knows that the total f1 usage would only take a 388 a couple of miles. it is al about development that can filter its way down to road cars etc. compare say an old ferrari daytona with a new italia, the italia uses half the fuel that the daytona did. turbo engines, especially strangled ones, use less fuel, as does a smaller capacity. that is why the likes of vw or ford can get great efficiency from small turbo petrol engines.
i dont believe in global warming, but something is happening to our climate, witness the tornadoes in usa and the extreme heat in oz. so surely if f1 can make even the minutist difference to our perceptions , it has some merit?
ps americans are downsizing their motors quite substantially.