Motorsport in general, and F1 in particular, has always been an enabler of automotive progress. The relevance of development has been variable. Some innovation has been so esoteric as to be of little practical value, but most has, over time, fed back to consumers in an extremely positive way - be it through improved safety, functionality or efficiency.
Today the traditional internal combustion engine faces threats to its existence through legislation driven by environmental concerns. We cannot pretend these concerns are ill-founded, even if some of them are driven by hyperbole. The spectre of global warming is no longer a matter for debate, and local emissions of noxious gases and damaging particulates are phenomena which cannot be denied.
Consequently, we need to examine closely just what F1 can do to continue the contribution it has traditionally made to mobility.