F1’s Hybrid Two-Stroke Formula: Will Teams Agree?

Mercedes celebrating 125 years of motorsport by showcasing their latest and oldest racing cars and technology. Will teams agree to a hybrid two-stroke formula for F1?
F1’s next engine formula could be a hybrid two-stroke powered by eco fuels. Will the existing (and new, if they’re coming) power unit manufacturers agree to such a formula?

F1’s two-stroke formula could see a technolgy vs. perception battle for the sport. 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? The eco-fuels are a welcome, of course.

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, 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. 😀

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(Season 2020, Episode 02)

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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?

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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