Todt dismisses return to V8 or V10: “it would Not be accepted by society”


The sensitivity with the technology of the street and the relationship of the Formula 1 with it has been one of the main lines of action of Jean Todt since that was done with the presidency of the FIA nearly a decade ago. In addition to imposing measures to control the costs of the equipment, the leader of the French was a key figure for the adoption of the V6 turbo hybrid technology in 2014, which this year will fulfill their fourth year of operation.

however, the sound of the power units current, despite being far more thunderous than those of three years ago, is still not be compelling enough for an important part of the hobby I miss the sound of the naturally aspirated engines of the recent past, especially the V10 and the V12 that dominated the grids of Formula 1 in the decade of the 90’s and the first half of 2000. All of this, added to the complexity and high cost in development of the current V6, have led to conversations about the need to introduce a new concept of engine in the future.

The coming years will be key to the engines of the Formula 1, then run from 2021, but Todt has made clear that the possibility of a turn back is not in the table. Despite the fact that Adrian Newey, chief engineer of Red Bull, qualif ied hybrid engines as “a marketing operation”, and that the ex-boss Bernie Ecclestone requested to discard the head of the FIA has denied that the Formula 1 go to deviate from the line initiated in 2014.

In statements to Auto, the monthly magazine of the FIA, has put forward the need that the category continue to be in line with the technology of street to maintain the attractiveness of the manufacturers, and to avoid negative reactions in the thick of the fight against climate change, in addition to maintaining the role of the FIA as an instigator key to the reduction of pollutant emissions:

It would not be accepted by the society. [19459005We]have the responsibility of leading an organization observed by the society at a global level, and not accept it. In fact, I am sure that if one were to say ‘let’s go back to the engines of 10 years ago’, many motorists would not support such a decision. I’m convinced that at least three of the four they would leave. When you see all the emphasis that is put on the climate change and pollution, we feel that we have the responsibility to participate. It is true that a career in Formula is less polluting than a plane from Paris to New York, but we must be an example. And to be, we can’t afford to create unnecessary contamination, it is a wrong image”.

in Addition to the environmental reasons, Todt speaking of the financial aspect, and stands to continue with the current line of work not to shoot the expenses of the teams: “we Know that stability is essential: first, to have the maximum competition possible, and then, to protect the investment. unable to invest in new technology every year, it is not economically sustainable, and as we complain about the cost of competing in Formula 1, a cost that to me is absurd”.

In the key of future, Todt has talked about the engine hydrogen. The development of this technology, which uses hydrogen to generate electricity in fuel cells with virtually no polluting emissions of any kind, has made great strides in the last five years, and many forecast that it could leave obsolete hybrid technology in the near future. Next to autonomous cars, Todt puts it as an example of the evolution of motorsports to the couple that the society, and of the need for the FIA to think of the future of the engine in the long term:

“I’m convinced that hydrogen will be a technology that will be used in the future. It may be that, in five years, the ‘car zero’ in the rallies to be autonomous. Motorsport is changing and will continue to do so, but we must make sure that we keep the best ingredients. That is one of our responsibilities: not to decide what we will do next year, if not what Formula 1 should be in 2021 or 2030, what should be the rallies, or what should be the endurance races. The soul of the sport will still be there, but you have to consider the evolution of the society”.