Over six months ago, in the Christmas double issue of Autosport, I wrote: "Sportscar racing, and Le Mans in particular, is a perfect showcase for major manufacturers to market their 'green' progress. It's likely that Formula One will never serve the car giants in this way. Grand Prix racing has been, and continues to be, about glorious excess and ultimate performance."
What do I know?
At Silverstone last weekend, FIA president Max Mosley made it clear that he expects F1's manufacturers to do exactly what I said Grand Prix racing would never touch.
Mosley surprised the F1 paddock by announcing in a press conference regenerative energy power storage systems should be introduced in 2009, ahead of a 'fuel efficiency engine' for 2011. He's talked about it in the past, but the timing of its rise to the top of the agenda was perfect.