Toto Wolff: “We are not telling the hybrid story well enough”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says Formula 1 is not doing a good enough job of promoting the merits of using hybrid technology.

Formula 1’s power unit discussions became the focus of attention after Honda announced it is leaving the sport post 2021 due to its plans to become carbon neutral by 2050. F1 intends to introduce new power units in 2026, but they will continue using hybrid technology.

While many are saying electrification is the future and F1 therefore is becoming increasingly not relevant, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the series’ problem is not presenting the technology in the right way.

“I believe we are not telling the hybrid story well enough,” said the Austrian.

“With 50% thermal efficiency, and the complexity and technology that exists in these cars with the energy recovery with kinetic energy or exhaust gases, the batteries that we’re using and the technology within them, we are a pretty good showcase for hybrid technology.


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“The next generation of power units, whenever they come, will lend even more to sustainable energy recovery and sustainable propulsion systems in the future.

“We know now that we have to look at the costs. We don’t want to make the same mistake that we are purely engineering driven, like with these power units.

“But make sure they are something innovative, sustainable, powerful, fuel efficient, and at a reasonable price.”

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