New F1 Boss Pushes Eco-Friendly Platform

jean_todt_2001Wired Magazine reports that new Formula One boss Jean Todt is telling teams to become more environmentally friendly voluntarily if they want to avoid restrictions designed to make the racing series more eco-friendly. According to BBC Sport, joining FIA to spearhead the project is former Ferrari F1 engine chief Gilles Simon.

“I am convinced that we absolutely must reflect the environment with new technologies,” Todt said. “We must adapt to our time and review fundamentally motorsport – even create new disciplines.”

The timing of Todt’s statement is curious, as the McLaren, Ferrari, Renault and BMW Sauber teams rejected the Kers energy recovery and power boost systems that were implemented in 2009.

“After giving up on Kers, we will accomplish nothing innovative next year,” Todt said. “I’m sorry about that.”

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