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Why decarbonising motorsport is so difficult to achieve

Formula 1's plans to be net carbon zero by 2030 look good on paper, but there are many questions that still need to be answered

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Our experts' guide on how you can become a better racing driver

First of all, the decarbonisation of motorsport is a very complex subject. If motorsport exists purely for entertainment and has no purpose for improving technology or generating real societal value, then the Greta Thunbergs of the world will say, 'Why should it exist in the first place?'

And they would have a point.

It's a worrying idea, because some governments could accept it as a fair proposal and ban it.

Apart from Formula E, motorsport has been reactive to this topic and not proactive. Now companies are not moving forwards towards motorsport because their guidelines say they have to be either sustainable or renewable, so they cannot sponsor a sport that might be damaging to society.

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