Environment articles on F1 Fanatic archive

Night racing and the environment 15th February 2008, 9:00

Max Mosley is requiring teams to start using environmentally-friendly technologies on their cars from 2009 in the form of KERS. Meanwhile Bernie Ecclestone has signed a deal with Singapore to hold a race under floodlights, Malaysia looks set to follow and he’s pressuring Australia to do likewise. You have to ask yourself if the pair, […]

‘Fuel burn’ qualifying laps get dropped 25th January 2008, 17:28

Good news – there will be no boring hiatus at the start of part three of qualifying in 2008. The FIA has finally gotten around to banning the ‘fuel burn’ phase (as many people had expected). I was hoping they would do this by getting rid of ‘race fuel’ qualifying altogether. Race fuel qualifying was […]

What comes after a ten year engine freeze? 3rd December 2007, 7:00

The FIA offered up another of its more unusual ideas for future engine rules a few weeks ago: banning engine development for ten years I didn’t write much about it at the time because there was much more interesting stuff going on and Max Mosley has a habit of threatening daft ideas like this as […]

KERS technology revealed 26th September 2007, 7:00

A British company has confirmed it is working with a top F1 team on the development of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System planned for 2009. Torotrak is working with two other companies, Xtrac and Flybrid Systems, to supply several important technologies. These are Torotrak’s traction drive technology, a continuously variable transmissions (CVT) by Xtrac and […]

Mosley wants standardised F1 cars 24th September 2007, 22:34

Max Mosley’s words highlighted in bold in the FIA president’s latest letter to the teams spells out his position on green technologies, entertainment and costs as plainly as possible: All items on the cars which are not known, visible and understood by the public should be standardised and manufactured at minimal cost. The technical contest […]

Debate: More street tracks good for F1? 16th August 2007, 7:00

Next year’s F1 calendar will include three street circuits – the most since the 1991 calendar took in Monte-Carlo, Adelaide and Pheonix. Are you glad to see F1 bringing the show right into the hearts of major cities? Or are street tracks slow and potentially unsafe gimmicks that belong in Champ Car and the Indy […]

F1 in the blogs 37: Red flag 28th July 2007, 7:00

In the F1 blogs this week musings on the seldom-seen red flag and Gordon Murray’s latest projects. Plus the ongoing confusing over Lewis Hamilton and the crane, football teams going motor racing, and the vexed question of F1′s role in promoting environmental awareness..

Debate: Postpone energy recovery rules? 19th July 2007, 7:00

BMW’s Mario Theissen wants the FIA to delay rules planned for 2009 that would require teams to use energy recovery systems on their cars. FIA president Max Mosley is pushing for kinetic energy recovery systems to be mandatory on F1 cars to make them more environmentally friendly and road relevant. Do you want to see […]

“Motorsport should be banned” – a rebuttal 8th June 2007, 7:00

I am regularly delighted with the quality of comment on F1 Fanatic. I am regularly dismayed by the quality of comment on motor racing in most newspapers. “Motorsport should be banned”, printed in Monday’s edition of The Herald is a good example. It is a stunningly ignorant hatchet job on the sport I love best. […]

Switzerland ends 52-year motor sport ban 6th June 2007, 23:37

Switzerland’s parliament has voted to end the country’s ban on motor racing. It was outlawed in 1955 following the crash in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours that killed over 80 spectators along with Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh. Time trials have been the only legal form of motor sport since 1955. Five world championship Swiss […]