“I am absolutely convinced” – Williams F1 CEO Jost Capito believes new manufacturers will join in if the sport becomes zero carbon by 2025.
F1 manufacturers Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, and Renault are meeting on the sidelines of the Austrian Grand Prix for a technical meeting to decide on the future of the sport, including the fuel and engine it uses.
If I was @F1 I would definitely tune the technical rules for the development and use of e-fuels.
Then you can bring back V10, V8 and still be relevant into the zero net carbon industry without losing its identity.
Hybrids will be over soon.
Battery-electric is Formula E.
— Lucas di Grassi (@LucasdiGrassi) April 14, 2021
Williams, one of the oldest teams in F1, uses Mercedes engines and is currently headed by CEO Jost Capito. He is confident the sport will become zero-carbon by 2025, making it more attacking for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to join the sport.
“I believe it needs a significant change because when you look at where the automotive industry is going to, the CO2 discussion is an issue and I am absolutely convinced that Formula One has to go to zero-CO2 as well from 25.
“There are more options than just full electric. E-fuels is something that has to be investigated and also in combination with hybrid. In my view, these systems and technology has a future on mobility.
“I think the regulations should go in that direction but should investigate all options and it is right that car manufacturers have to be part of the discussions. They have to be attracted by the new regulations otherwise they wouldn’t join.”
The meeting will be presided over by former Ferrari bigwigs – FIA President Jean Todt, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, and the sport’s Managing Director Ross Brawn.