The hot topic of climate change is being debated and protested about all over the world and of course it encompasses motor sports.
F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton has decided to make changes in his life to reduce his carbon footprint by the end of 2019, and he seems pleased that his sport is heading in the right direction:
I still love racing and I want to continue. If you look at our sport, it’s shifted, using a third less fuel now.
There is more I think F1 can do and they are putting plans together, but you have to push all the industries, you have to push F1 to do more.
Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen spoke frankly about the subject in Mexico yesterday:
Obviously, I think it involves everybody who lives on this planet.
In the end, we all try to do what we can, but honestly, we are probably not in the best place to start making big stories out of it, because in the end we’re burning fuel for what?
To be first?
At the recent UIM General Assembly, which was held in Qingdao, China, ‘sustainability’ was on the agenda.
The meetings revealed that the introduction of new sustainable energy resources and making use of modern technology were instrumental for attracting new generations to join the sport.
The UIM President, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli said after being re-elected for a fourth time:
We have given a strong impulse to the use of renewable energies within our competitions, and we can confirm that environmental considerations and the respect of the sea are high ranked priorities within the UIM.
The addition of MotoSurf as new discipline within the UIM’s Sport program, a racing activity on the water which is very easily accessible for young people and which shows the way forward through the recent introduction of electric engines alongside traditional combustion engines.
As Powerboat Racing World reported, the 4-stroke Mercury Racing Competition V8 motor was adopted into the 2019 F1H2o rules.
I understand that Mercury are hard at work testing the engine, and the thought is that competitors will be able to try the new power unit next year.
With the climate change debate raging on, F1H2o isn’t finding it easy to procure new venues in which to race while they continue with the old 2-stroke motors.
Many will argue that the 4-stroke engine may not be the most perfect green solution, but perhaps the perception of an environmentally friendly solution will be enough.