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Ecclestone Suggests Switch to Electric Cars for Formula 1

Bernie Ecclestone suggests Formula 1 should make switch to electric cars…

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Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Formula 1 should make the bold switch to electric cars in order to futureproof the series.

The former chief executive of the Formula One Group believes the series needs to make several fundamental changes in order to stay successful, including a move to electric power.

“We still own the name Formula One, we still have contracts with promoters, let’s make different types of cars, let’s speak to the manufacturers and start a new all-electric F1, a Formula One for the future,” he told The Guardian.

The 87-year-old currently holds the honorary position of chairman emeritus since Liberty Media took control of the series last year.

He no longer plays a part in how the series is run but remains interested in the future of the sport, especially in how it deals with the growing electric vehicle market.

New regulations, expected to be a development of the current V6 hybrid engines, will come into place in 2021.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake



  1. Hernan D'Andrea

    February 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I think that maybe the battery technology needs to improve (solid state batteries?) to allow the cars to run at F1 speeds for the whole race in a typical F1 circuit.
    We are close but not yet there. Maybe in 10 more years.

  2. nealio

    February 27, 2018 at 10:51 am

    What’s with the “we” Bernie? Did you forget that you are not running F1, again?

  3. Old Trombone

    February 28, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Bernie had the chance with:
    Active aero
    Active brakes
    Active suspension
    Active gearboxes
    Pit-to-car telemetry
    And so much more.
    He could have had those technologies developed for 30 years.
    He could have had zero-carbon racing by 2000 if he pushed for it.

    Bernie had the chance to use F1 for humanity, and he BLEW IT every single time with his soccer-star fetish, thinking drivers were as important to engineering sport as kickers were to ball sport. Bernie only wants Electric now purely because of the popularity of smart-idea-engineering that he worked so hard to suppress for so long Seriously Bernie, you’re triggered hypocrisy is sick.

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