Todt rubbishes speculation of electric future for F1

08-09-2018 17:36
by Bobby Vincent
Todt rubbishes speculation of electric future for F1

FIA president Jean Todt rubbishes talk about Formula One's potential electric future, insisting it will never happen in the sport...

Todt's comments are contrary to Ross Brawn's comments recently saying that an electric future could be upon F1 in the next decade.

The hybrid engine appeared in F1 back in 2014, but the prospect of the Internal Combustion Engine has never been seriously considered by the F1 bosses.

Formula E's rise in recent years has caught the eye of Formula One with manufacturers competing such as Audi, BMW, Nissan, Mercedes and Porsche.

Brawn's comments were quickly shut down by Formula E's sporting manager, who claimed the sport had an agreement to be the dominant electric engine sport - and Todt echoed the statement.

"It's true we have an exclusive agreement or single-seater for a certain amount of years with the promoter in Formula E," Todt said.

"It would be nonsense to say in the coming future Formula 1 is going to be electric, it's not going to happen. Simply you could not do it."

Todt also was quick to dismiss anyone comparing the performances between the two motorsports.

"Formula E has not the performance of Formula 1," Todt claimed. "At the moment, one of the reasons Formula E is in cities, because it would not create any interest to have Formula E on a circuit like Monza, for example.

"We are talking about two different categories. It is completely misleading to compare Formula E and Formula 1.

"Formula 1 is a very well-established category, and I keep saying for me, Formula E is the baby of the FIA. So still a lot to learn, but saying that, it's growing very well. But comparing the two is boring."

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