A formula for everyone
The FIA has now introduced Formula E. It’s an electrically powered series that I am sure is greatly appreciated by environmentalists. The racing is rather enjoyable and competitive.
The FIA also has a hybrid series called Formula 1. This formula, which was once the pinnacle of auto racing, has become a series dedicated to making itself relevant to the road car industry.
It has done this by mandating hybrid power units that are massively expensive and boring. Power-unit output has been restricted, as has fuel supply. This has made the racing more of an economy run than an all-out competition.
The FIA has, for years, given lip service to cost reduction. But, in 2014 it mandated the most expensive leap in technology that motor racing has ever experienced. So why not introduce a separate spec hybrid series (Formula Hybrid) that is relevant to road cars, and allow Formula 1 to once again become the pinnacle of auto racing. In this way, environmentalists, the road car industry, and true racing fans could all be happy.
Formula 1, like all sports, should rst and foremost be about producing the best possible show for its fans. Social relevance should not be an issue in sports entertainment. Dennis Kelly