Jean Todt: Formula 1 will never go fully-electric in the future

FIA president Jean Todt says suggestions that Formula 1 will need to go fully-electric in the future are "nonsense"

Jean Todt: Formula 1 will never go fully-electric in the future

The growing interest in Formula E, among both fans and car manufacturers, has led to claims that F1 may need to consider an electric future if it is to remain road relevant.

But the situation is complicated by the fact that FE has an exclusive deal with the FIA to be its leading electric single-seater championship until 2039.

Todt does not see an issue though, as he cannot imagine F1 will ever go entirely electric.

"It is true that we have an exclusive agreement on single-seaters for a certain amount of years with the promoter in FE, but it would be a nonsense to say that in the future Formula 1 is going to be electric," said Todt.

"It is not going to happen. Simply you could not do it. We are talking about two completely different categories."

As well as F1 and FE being attractive for different reasons, he says there are elements of electric racing - such as its current lack of top speed - that would not be suitable for F1.

"FE has not the performance of F1," added Todt.

"At the moment one of the reasons FE is hosted in cities is because it would not create any interest to have FE on a circuit like Monza, for example. We are talking about two different categories.

"It is completely misleading to compare FE and F1.

"F1 is a well-established category and I keep saying that for me, FE is a baby of the FIA so there is still a lot to learn.

"But saying that, it is growing very well.

"We started four years back, and we needed to have two cars to do a race of 45 minutes. At the end of this year we will be able to do the race with one car.

"It shows how motor racing can be a laboratory, not only a show.

"But to lose time by comparing the two categories is just boring."

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