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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Formula 1 Will ‘Never Go Electric’ Says President

  • Formula 1 is increasing the electric output of cars, but will never go fully electric, according to its president Stefano Domenicali.
  • Multiple teams have contacted Honda to be their engine partner when new regulations kick in starting in 2026
The McLaren F1 car drives past a sign for the FIA's F1 Net Zero 2030 initiative.
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Formula 1 will make a big move toward electric power in 2026 — but its president says it’ll never go all the way.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali told Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that “F1 will never go electric,” despite taking steps toward sustainability in the coming years. 

Starting in 2026, F1 will require fully sustainable fuels and will nearly triple the amount of electric power its vehicles produce, but Domenicali has criticized European officials for their aggressive pursuit of an energy transition. 

European Parliament officials recently signed an agreement from last year banning the sale of new gas-powered cars from 2035 onward and requiring emissions in new vehicles to be reduced by 55% from 2021 levels by 2030.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

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F1’s changes have triggered a reshuffling of engine partners going into 2026.

Honda, which currently works with Red Bull and AlphaTauri, has been approached by multiple teams to be an engine partner starting that year. Those two teams are switching to Ford, while Honda is weighing its options.

Audi will enter the racing series in 2026 after buying a minority stake in Sauber. Cadillac is looking to enter as a new team with Andretti Global.

Meanwhile, Renault is hoping to recruit women drivers to join the team.

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