The former chief executive of F1, Bernie Ecclestone, has suggested that cars should be powered electrically.
Certainly a bold statement likely will divide to Formula One community; he believes that the new technology should be embraced and that there should be no sentiment involved when the sport’s future is on the line.
Ecclestone was the chief executive of F1 for 40 years, and even though he no longer has a say in the way that it is run, his opinion is still bound to turn the heads of those working for F1 at the moment.
And with manufacturers gaining a greater interest in Formula-E, Ecclestone believes that instead of turning towards Formula-E, Formula One should now be considering an electric future.
“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,” Ecclestone, the man who fought extremely hard to prevent the introduction of the Hybrid Formula, said, per The Guardian.
“It would be a super Formula E, if you like, you can make cars be like an F1 car and the only thing you would miss would be the noise and I do not believe that people could not come up with something to make more or less the old F1 noise.”
The 87-year-old also warned the sport’s current owners, Liberty Media, that the current direction Formula 1 is heading will end up forcing Ferrari to quit.
Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne hinted his unhappiness after the changes were announced for the 2021 season and insisted he would not be afraid to leave the sport.
Of course, there is also the possibility that Ecclestone’s suggestion to move to all-electric cars could also prompt an end to Ferrari’s participation in F1.
Something that Ecclestone even admits himself would be a huge shame.
He added: “F1 is Ferrari and Ferrari is F1. I would hate to see F1 without Ferrari.
“Sergio does not do things unless he is serious. I don’t think he is the sort of guy who doesn’t do what he says he’s going to do.”