Jean Todt speaks out over suggestions Formula 1 could go fully-electric

Formula 1 is not heading towards an all-electric future according to FIA President Jean Todt, amongst growing speculation and fear within the sport.

Formula E, which only launched in September 2014, has witnessed phenomenal growth and interest from fans and investors alike since its inception, and some have claimed that it may eventually spell the end for its traditional F1 variant.

The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) also currently has a deal in place with Formula E stating that the sport will remain it’s leading electric single-seater championship, until at least 2039.

Speaking on the future of both sports, however, Todt has quick to allay any fears amongst fans that one could be forced to be sacrificed for the sake of the other.

“It is true that we have an exclusive agreement on single-seaters for a certain amount of years with the promoter in Formula E,” Todt told Autosport. “But it would be a nonsense to say that in the future Formula 1 is going to be electric.”

“It is not going to happen. Simply you could not do it. We are talking about two completely different categories. Formula E has not the performance of Formula 1.”

Whilst electric-based racing has witnessed a strong rise in popularity since Formula E’s introduction, there is still a large level of disparity between the support and adoration received by Formula 1, and it’s electric counterpart. 

When quizzed on this issue, Todt was quick to highlight the complexity of the situation. “At the moment one of the reasons Formula E is hosted in cities is because it would not create any interest to have Formula E on a circuit like Monza. 

“Formula 1 is a well-established category and I keep saying that for me, Formula E is a baby of the FIA, so there is still a lot to learn. It is completely misleading to compare Formula E and Formula 1.”

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future’s of both sports, the former Scuderia Ferrari boss was still eager to highlight the great progress Formula E has made over the past four years.

“We started four years back, and we needed to have two cars to do a race of 45 minutes. At the end of this year we will be able to do the race with one car”

“It shows how motor racing can be a laboratory, not only a show.”

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