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Brawn says F1 could be all electric in 10 years

9 August 2018

Formula 1’s managing director of motorsports, Ross Brawn, has said that the single-seater category could go all electric in as few as ten years.

While F1 is currently working on the regulations for the next big engine overhaul in 2021, albeit one which is still based on the V6 turbo-hybrid formula that is in use today, Brawn, looking further out acknowledged that a switch to an all-electric power train was a possibility, but warned that currently, electric racing cars, and Formula E aren’t able to deliver the spectacle that people expect of Formula 1.

Speaking to F1 Fan Voice he said: “I think we have to respect what Formula E’s doing and what it’s achieving, but if you look at the magnitude of the two they’re not really comparable in the number of fans we have, the appeal of Formula 1. Formula E is still very junior in that respect.”

“I think Formula 1 will evolve in the direction that has the right balance of sport, relevance and engagement with the fans,” he continued. “If in five years’ time or ten years’ time there is a need, desire or wish to have a different type of power unit in Formula 1 then we will do it. There is nothing to stop us having electric Formula 1 cars in the future.”

While Brawn acknowledged that Formula E events were “pretty great”, he said he considered the racing to actually “pretty tame”.

“Formula 1 is different to that, Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsport, the speeds we do, the calibre of drivers we have and the teams we have, and if that moves in five or ten years’ time to a different power source then we will do it if that is most appealing and achieves what we want to achieve. I don’t see Formula 1 being locked into internal combustion engines forever, but who knows where we are in ten years.

“Ten years ago I don’t think many people would be able to predict where the world is now and therefore I don’t know where we will be in ten years, but Formula 1 will move in the right direction,” he concluded.

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