A for­mula for ev­ery­one

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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

In­di­anapo­lis, USA

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