2: F1's Hybrid Two-Stroke Formula: Will The Teams Agree?

2: F1's Hybrid Two-Stroke Formula: Will The Teams Agree?


Formula 1’s next engine formula could be a hybrid two-stroke powered by eco fuels. Yes, when Pat Symonds expressed what the future could be like, we shook our heads in disbelief, too. Isn’t two-stroke technology archaic in the world of automobiles?
If Formula 1 goes down this road, it will be a perception vs. technology battle on all quarters. But before all else, will the existing (and new, if they’re coming) power unit manufacturers agree to such a formula? After all, someone’s got to build those power units.
Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast (http://bit.ly/ilf1ponkf1b) , we discuss some of the many outrageous pieces of news and stories in this winter season. Are certain elements deliberately making statements to keep our attention in the off-season? We’re deliberating releasing an episode every week to keep you entertained, that’s for sure. 😀
Tune in!
(Season 2020, Episode 02)
0:00-3:00 – Should Formula 1 switch to a hybrid two-stroke eco-fuel formula from 2025? It’s perception vs. technology!
03:00-06:00 – The key questions for the hybrid two-stroke eco-fuel formula: 1) how much horsepower? 2) how efficient? 3) can they actually use alternative fuels?
6:00-9:00 – Porsche built a hybrid-turbo Formula 1 engine only to scrap it all and join the all-electric Formula E series. Will the hybrid two-stroke formula attract power unit manufacturers at all?
9:00-12:00 – Charles Leclerc’s sky-diving badassery. But do you know what did Leclerc flaunt after signing his five-year extension with Ferrari?
12:00-15:00 – Any driver in the world of Motorsport of the same breed as Fernando Alonso? Lewis Hamilton to join Keanu Reeves in the remake of The Matrix?
15:00-18:00 – Alexander Albon’s reverse psychological tricks on Helmut Marko; he’s actually trolling Marko in case a demotion to Toro Rosso comes his way in 2020. Come to think of it, Albon’s true rival is Marko and not Max Verstappen!
End – Alternate career for Cyril Abiteboul – a politician?
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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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