Adrian Newey examines other F1 fuel solutions after visit to Extreme E
Adrian Newey thinks Formula 1 should consider several options for the fuel of the future, after witnessing how Extreme E.
Red Bull’s CTO is part of the management team at Veloce Racing, which finished seventh in the championship in the first Extreme E season in 2021.
Extreme E cars are all-electric SUVs, running on hydrogen-charged batteries and producing up to the equivalent of 540 hp when run off-road.
Having witnessed a race, Newey believes the idea of expanding hydrogen energy would have its merits – but eyes must be kept open when it comes to the energy of the future.
“It would be extremely interesting if the Extreme E also allowed hydrogen as a fuel, in addition to the battery,” Newey told the Dutch edition of RacingNews365.
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“Of course, then we’ll have to make sure that one technology isn’t overtly faster than the other, so we have to balance that out.
“In any case, it would be a great way to promote hydrogen as an alternative to a battery.
Formula 1 powertrains will run on fuel with an environmentally friendly element for the first time, the E10 fuel blend containing 10% ethanol as F1 begins to gradually move away from fossil fuels.
But Newey believes there are no quick fixes to how the engines will take shape in the years to come.
“You shouldn’t be committing to one thing,” said the Red Bull technical boss. “Electricity clearly has its place in the future in certain applications, but so does hydrogen, just like synthetic fuels.
“This is the important thing: that people don’t look at climate problems and think there is only one solution. It won’t be like that.
Extreme E is held with teams made up of a man and a woman, with five rounds having taken place in its first year. Nico Rosberg edged out Lewis Hamilton in team ownership stakes, with Rosberg X Racing beating X44 for the title countdown after a fierce season.
Newey was present at the season finale in Dorset and said he enjoyed seeing the cars in person, having been in the battle against Mercedes in Formula 1 all year round.
“It’s interesting to watch over here. I have been involved from a distance and I keep an eye on what is going on, ”he explained.
“It’s good to finally be able to witness it for myself to see how it all works. The cars are awesome, bigger than you think when you see them on TV.
“It’s looking good for a first season and all the teams and the organization have done their best.”