Fuel 2026: Environmental Sustainability, But Carcinogenic Ingredients Remain – Formula 1

Environmental sustainability is one of the main pillars of current Formula 1 policies, which has set itself a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Therefore, the 2026 engine regulations are among the many steps to be taken. Along the way, as the next generation of power units will lead to the debut of newly designed fuels in the name of climate protection. To achieve this goal, the fuel will no longer be based on fossil fuels, but will consist of a mixture of bio-components and synthetic gasoline.

The Technical Regulation strictly regulates the environmental sustainability of new fuels, while also taking advantage of EU standards. In fact, Article 16.1.2 states that: The final fuel mixture should achieve lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline derived from fossil fuelsin an amount at least equal to the amount set for the transport sector under the EU Renewable Energy Directive RED in effect on 1 January of the year preceding the Formula 1 Championship being analysed.” In the list there are many materials that have been put in place to ensure effective environmental sustainability at 360 degrees and not only on the facade. In fact, potential social impacts and the impact on local ecosystems are also taken into account, for example by prohibiting the exploitation of biomass obtained from land subtracted from growing food. However, in other sections it is necessary that gasoline be manufactured.”In any process where sustainable energy is used, this must exceed local local needs.”

In short, the FIA ​​and Formula 1 have done everything possible to push engineers and companies towards research that ensures a neutral balance of carbon and greenhouse gases over the entire cycle of fuel production and combustion. but, Gaps remain in the front of gasoline, which are harmful to human healthEven in 2026 a constant proportion of the carcinogenic components already present in the gasoline used in current power units will remain. This aspect has been criticized in particular on the pages FormulaPassion.it And the Claudio LombardiFormer Director of Ferrari Engines: “It makes a show of environmental sustainability, but it’s amazing how a composition of 40% of the aromatics is given to the fuel. The aromatic is highly carcinogenic but it gives 40% and then puts a fig leaf for gasoline in the 1% range. All aromatics are carcinogenic, for example An example comes to mind toluene. This is a point that deserves careful study and is incomprehensible, because for the same reasons we are moving towards the reduction of aromatic substances in mass production. This is a point that will not constitute a deterioration compared to the current technical framework of Formula 1, but it will not even constitute a step forward.

FP | Carlo Platilla

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