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As a massive Formula 1 fan I’m pretty excited with the start of the 2023 Formula 1 season this weekend in Bahrain. However I was somewhat taken aback by the President of Formula 1, Stefan Domenicali, recent comments that Formula 1 will never go electric. In this episode we discuss the possible reasons behind this and what the implications might mean for the sport going forward.
Formula 1 has always been at the very forefront of automotive engineering. It is often where innovative new technologies are tested and developed that eventually end up in our every day cars. So why has F1 decided to decouple itself from the rest of the automotive industry and turn it’s back on EVs? With all the investment and development going into electric vehicles where does this leave Formula 1? Will the likes of Mercedes, Renault, Honda and Aston Martin regret this move while other manufacturers invest in a race championship, such as Formula E, which is more in line with their current and future drivetrain development like Nissan, Porsche, NIO and Mahindra have already done.