For some time now, Formula 1 has set itself the goal of becoming greener in the coming years, as rising to meet the environmental challenge was the next stage for Formula 1. That push towards sustainability had been a major topic for the sport, as Formula 1 wanted to be instrumental in driving demand for sustainable fuel.
The introduction of the new E10 fuel is only the latest of the initiatives undertaken by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to try to reduce emissions as much as possible.
In this regard, the recently approved calendar for the 2023 Formula 1 season has been much discussed. Looking at the twenty-four races that will make up the 74th edition of the top motorsport series, it can be seen that very close events on the calendar are not so close from a geographical point of view.
In fact, teams and drivers will have to travel a total of about 133 570 km to move from one circuit to another, without counting the trips to return to their respective locations at the end of the race weekends.
For example, after the two races in the Middle East, the third Grand Prix will be held in Melbourne, 12,787.54 km from Jeddah. 8,182.33 are the kilometers that divide Florida from the racetrack dedicated to Enzo and Dino Ferrari. The first of the two planned Italian weekends will mark the start of the so-called “European season” (interrupted only by the intercontinental trip to Montreal) and, as already happened in 2022, is scheduled after the Miami Grand Prix, which takes place in early May, five months before the next round in the United States, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
These organizational choices seem to go against what should have been the goal of Formula 1. In addition, the teams also showed their disappointment in this regard as they were notified of the approval of the calendar only a few hours before the official voting.
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Charles Leclerc also spoke on the question of the direction taken by Formula 1. The Monegasque driver, guest of the Muschio Selvaggio podcast, shared his thoughts on the matter: “Already this season the new fuels, less polluting than in the past, have been introduced. Obviously, the goal must be to respect the environment as much as possible while keeping the DNA of our sport intact.” – Charles Leclerc explained.
“As for the engines, I think we will work more and more on the hybrid part. Going in the direction of Formula E? I believe there are other alternatives to the electric solution which for now are not yet very developed but could become very important in the future. I am thinking of hydrogen, for example.” – Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc concluded.