MERCEDES say they’re dedicated to F1 – regardless of the group’s present struggles.
The Silver Arrows have did not sustain with Ferrari and Crimson Bull this season with boss Toto Wolff admitting they’ve some powerful choices to make about their automotive design.
The possession of the Mercedes F1 group is break up 3 ways between Wolff, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and the German automotive big.
And Mercedes-Benz chairman, Ola Kallenius, says they’re staying in F1 as a result of it suits in with their values.
He mentioned: “Now we have determined to go down this path of decarbonisation. It’s the solely determination we will make, and the identical goes for Components One.”
F1 has set itself the formidable objective of being net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and can introduce new, greener engines in 2026 that may provide an enchancment on hybrid expertise.
Kallenius added: “The subsequent engine rules will give way more significance to the electrical half, and there’s a clear dedication to make Components One CO2 impartial.
“For the subsequent regulation, the proportion of electrical energy used on a lap will improve.
“There’ll nonetheless be a combustion engine however it will likely be used as a laboratory to develop CO2-free fuels, which the aviation business will most likely want, and perhaps additionally to scale back the footprint of the prevailing automotive fleet.
“We’re not but on the stage the place we will run a race with solely battery energy.
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“A sport like Components One has to placed on a present, so the decarbonisation route needs to be taken.
“Battery expertise just isn’t but perfected. However going CO2-free and placing extra emphasis on electrification ensures Components One stays very related and that we are going to stay.”
Kallenius additionally mentioned throughout a press convention that he has supported F1’s house owners, Liberty Media, and their determination to extend the game’s recognition by advertising and marketing, such because the Netflix present ‘Drive to Survive’.
He mentioned: “Drive to Survive has modified the sport, so we’re joyful to be a part of this present and to be one of many strengths of Components One.
“Leveraging it for each our expertise improvement and advertising and marketing. So far as we’re involved, F1 has a vivid future forward of it.”