Formula 1 will help develop a one hundred percent sustainable fuel that should also be usable in passenger cars in the future. The aim is to achieve a completely emission-free ‘drop-in’ fuel by 2030.
In recent years, Formula 1 has attached great importance to a greener image. The sport itself wants to operate completely carbon monoxide neutral by 2030 at the latest. Not only are all kinds of measures being taken in the paddock for this (such as banning plastic bottles), but we are also working on cleaner fuels in collaboration with fuel suppliers and teams. As early as next year, the premier class of motorsport will switch to E10 fuel, a mixture of ninety percent fossil fuel and ten percent ethanol.
In subsequent years, this fuel must become increasingly ‘cleaner’. With the launch of the new generation of F1 engines – probably in 2026 – the aim is to develop a one hundred percent sustainable fuel. But the ambition of Formula 1 goes further, because it must be possible to use this sustainable fuel not only in F1 engines, but also – without modifications – in road cars with regular combustion engines. Crucial to the development of this new fuel is that it must enable the engines to deliver the same power as the current fossil fuel used in Formula 1.
Formula 1 would like to take the lead in the development of about one hundred percent sustainable and powerful fuel. An important reason is that the F1 organization predicts that a world with only electric cars will take a while. According to F1, there will be about 1.8 billion cars in the world by 2030. At that time, less than ten percent would be fully electric. The sport also expects combustion engines to remain essential for air, maritime and transportation industries.