The CEO of the Renault Group, Luca de Meo, is convinced that Formula 1 must take care of its environmental impact like any other company in the world, the Italian for his part believes that the first category of motorsport must now focus your efforts on the logistics of the big circus.
If for some years now Formula 1 has been constantly innovating to introduce hybrid engines or even new synthetic fuels in order to reduce the environmental impact of cars on the track, there is still, according to the CEO of the Renault group , a large black. place in F1 with an entire paddock to move around the planet during every race weekend. While acknowledging that Formula 1 has already made great efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, Luca de Meo insists that this particular point still needs to be improved.
“I think that Formula 1 clearly has to worry, like any other company in the world, about the impact on the environment … it’s clear, and that’s why, for example, when we talk to other motorists about the regulations of 2025. I was the first to say that we need to drive hybridization, we need to drive synthetic or next-generation fuels, I was the first to push in that direction. ” said Luca de Meo F1only.fr.
“Some were pushing for hybrids, others were pushing for next-generation fuels, and I said we have to do both, and that’s exactly the direction we’re going. I think there will still be potential to invent things, and I think it’s important that Formula 1 is a trigger for innovation, a showcase for innovation, because we’re not in Indycar, in Stock Car, where you put a V8 block, Formula. 1 has to move the lines in the technological part, it is important. »
“But you always have to know that the consumption and the environmental impact of the vehicles themselves, what is it, 3.4% of all this? [de l’impact du paddock]. Everyone says “why don’t you put an electric motor in the car”? But at the same time we move a huge circus, a village, a city. So I think that the organization, the whole system, must set a goal of decarbonization, as we are doing in Renault, Volkswagen, Stelantis … We find solutions for this, and at the same time we use new technologies in cars. [de série], a hybrid car with technically zero-impact synthetic fuels can be made. We can do that. »
“If we do it in companies, we can do it here too [en Formule 1], I am for and above all because with the young public, very sensitive to this, it will allow us to gain in attractiveness and credibility, otherwise we will be in the “bad” corner. »
“Everything must be found in solutions, as we are doing in the mass production car sector, where we are making investments that will reduce [l’impact environnemental]. Renault in 2040 will have a zero net impact, it must be done in eighteen years. Zero impact, that is: cars, industry, logistics … it will be difficult, but it is a challenge for society and, therefore, if Formula 1 wants to keep up with the times and in tune with society , it must be done, but it must not be done demagogically but intelligently. »
“There are solutions. It can be our way of assembling, of lowering, of transporting the people [le paddock de la F1]cars, how many steps [de courses] we want to do, do we have to move the circus from mexico to australia? There’s a lot to do, but hey, it’s not up to me to decide, I’m just a part of it, but I’m in favor because I think it’s important for the image of the sport. »
Remember, however, that Formula 1 still aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 and aims to launch a new generation of propulsion trains by 2025 that will run on 100% sustainable fuel designed to help F1 achieve its goal.
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