Ross Brawn says Formula One isn’t “locked into internal combustion engines forever” and could turn all-electric within the next decade.
The F1 managing director of motorsports has one eye on Formula E, and, although the all-electric series is not posing a threat to his sport at this stage, Brawn has conceded that they could be paving the way for the future of motor racing.
“If in five years’ time or 10 years’ time or whenever there is a need, desire, wish, to have a different type of power unit in Formula 1, we’ll do it,” he said.
“I don’t see Formula 1 necessarily being locked into internal combustion engines forever. Who knows where we are in 10 years, 10 years ago I don’t think many people would [be] able to predict where the world is now and therefore I don’t know where we’re going to be in 10 years’ time. But
Formula 1 will move in the right direction.
“There’s nothing to stop us having electric Formula 1 cars in future. At the moment they don’t deliver the spectacle.”
Brawn praised the progress made by Formula E but also said the series still has a long way to go to be considered in the same way as Formula 1.
He added: “I think we have to respect what Formula E’s doing and what it’s achieving.
“[But] if you look at the magnitude of the two [F1 vs FE] they’re not really comparable in the number of fans we have, the appeal of Formula 1. Formula E is still very junior in that respect.
“With all due respect it’s a pretty junior category of road racing. it’s a great event in terms of all the stuff that’s going on around it but the race itself is pretty tame compared to a Formula 1 event.
“The cars are not particularly fast. They don’t have the personalities involved. It’s a smaller, junior formula.”