Formula 1 says it’s on schedule to switch to fully sustainable fuel in 2026

seeks to clean up its acts and ensure its operations have a net zero carbon footprint. A key part of the plan is to use 100 percent sustainable fuel in race cars, and the organization says it remains on track to achieve this by 2026.

It is currently developing a fully sustainable ‘drop-in’ fuel for use in F1 cars – it claims most road cars would also be able to use the fuel. This season, F1 cars will use E10 fuel, which contains 10 percent ethanol, which is said to be fully renewable. While transitioning from 10 percent renewable fuel to a fully sustainable version in just a few years is a challenge, F1 executives are confident they can achieve this goal.

“We are working on an e-fuel where the carbon cycle is completely neutral, so the carbon used to produce this fuel is the same amount as the carbon emitted by the internal combustion engine,” said F1 Motorsport Director Ross Brawn. “That means the engines don’t add anything to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” Brawn noted that wider availability of the fuel could help reduce emissions around the world, particularly in areas where the transition to electric vehicles is a long way off will not be possible.

Pat Symonds, F1’s chief technical officer, who is leading the 100 per cent sustainable fuels project, said motorsport is still in good shape to meet the 2026 target. “We worked with Aramco and now we have,” Symonds said. “This helped us understand the implications of the different types of blends you can use in a sustainable fuel. We tested these in a single-cylinder Formula 1 engine, so these are representative tests – and I think that helped accelerate our progress.”

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