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Safety and Medical Cars support Formula 1’s drive for sustainability

May 09 2024

The most recent Formula 1 race in Miami may have seen Briton and McLaren driver Lando Norris claim his first win, but there was also a step forward for the motorsport’s sustainability efforts.

Safety and Medical Cars support Formula 1’s drive for sustainability

The Miami Grand Prix saw the official FIA Safety Car and Medical Car powered by sustainable fuel, as the sport continues its journey to 100% sustainable fuels being used by F1 cars from 2026.

The safety and medical cars, which are provided by Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin Lagonda, will use a 40% sustainable fuel for every Grand Prix for the rest of the current season.

While the latest use of sustainable fuel has been put in place for the safety and medical vehicles, the current F1 hybrid power units have been using E10 fuel containing 10% renewable ethanol.

Additionally, Formula 1 utilises alternative energy solutions, such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel to power events and logistics.

Elsewhere, Formula 2 and Formula 3 have been using a 55% advanced sustainable fuel since the beginning of the 2023 season, with Formula 1 set to utilise 100% advanced sustainable fuels from 2026. This is part of the next generation of power unit regulations in the sport.

The fuel used on track makes up less than 1% of Formula 1’s carbon footprint.

Image: Calreyn88/ CC BY 4.0

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