F1 MERCENARY wrote: Exediron wrote: Option or Prime wrote:
F1 would lose some fans, no doubt, and you might be among them. But why do you think the manufacturers would no longer be there? There are more manufacturers in FE right now than in F1.
1) As Pokerman states above "......I will, I would see it as the end of F1, also let's not forget that FE has the rights with the FIA of being the premier electric car racing series."
2) Can you see Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Red Bull effectively starting again in developing and building an electric car? I'm not sure can.
Your perception might be that the results would roll on, however, as I said before many other F1 fans would see it as an end of an era. It is such a significant change of direction.
I think this is a pretty bizarre line of argument, to be honest. If F1 continues to exist, the results will continue to roll on - whether it's fossil fuels, electric, hydrogen or even rockets. If it's still F1, it's F1. It doesn't matter if it feels fundamentally different to any number of fans.
There is quite certainly a chance F1 will die entirely when fossil fuels are universally banned. But if that doesn't happen, the results will be contiguous no matter what power source they use.
I'll believe Fossil fuels will be banned when the day arrives. I highly doubt it though. LOL
Politicians, their parties and world organizations like throwing big claims like that around to garner votes, but it's been my experience that WHEN the time comes to follow through, nothing happens.
Who said Fossil fuels will be banned? We are talking cars.
The point is that F1 is a world wide sport, there may be a blasé attitude to emissions in the USA but many other countries in the world take it very seriously. F1 is synonymous with the internal combustion engine and its European countries that are taking action.
In Europe countries are already making plans to use cars with electric power units, in fact several manufacturers have already closed down plants making IC engines and cars. Its not about it being a vote gainer it is happening NOW.
It is also in Europe where F1 cars are developed and manufactured. If the car divisions of Mercedes, Honda and Renault are not selling cars do you seriously think they will continue to build and develop an F1 car?
They compete because they want fans and viewers to buy their brand.
Renault would leave at the drop of a hat, 4 cars on the grid lose their PU's, are Red Bull fully committed? F1 isn't as stable and predictable as you think.
I think it is inevitable that F1 will change significantly, it may buy and adopt FE but who will the manufactures be in FE? Will it be DS TECHEETAH and ENVISION VIRGIN RACING or FERRARI and MERCEDES. It is not the same history or lineage. The results may be contiguous but lets face it the sound is different, the pits are different, the names are different and even the countries will be different with the leading team in FE being Chinese.
Of course F1 may continue to run Fossil fuel cars but the big names will go where the money is. Will that be petrol or electric?
Any country wanting to dominate the car industry should be investing in electric right now. Is it a coincidence that the top FE team is Chinese by the way.
The USA's love of the motor car came from cheap fuel from their oil wells, a massive natural resource. The cars of the future will need a similarly massive natural resource, the problem for Europe and the States is that they do not have that resource, it is situated in China.
The world is changing and F1 will have to change to keep up.