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Caption: Could this be the future of an F1 pit stop?

When Will Formula 1 Go 100% Electric?

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Could this be the future of an F1 pit stop?

For decades, motor racing remained largely the same. Drivers duked it out in petrol-powered vehicles in everything from Touring Cars to Formula 1.

However, change is afoot. The electric revolution is gathering pace, and the performance of cars developed by the likes of Rimac and Tesla begin to outstrip their gas-guzzling counterparts.

Here we take a look at just how close F1 could be to going 100% electric.

Hybrid for Now

The F1 cars that people currently watch and place bets on during the season are, in fact, hybrid vehicles. It is this technology which helps drivers make daring overtakes to send those fans who backed them with sports free bets found online wild in the grandstands and living rooms around the world.

It was initially thought that this would naturally lead to F1 transitioning to fully electric vehicles, but some obstacles have stopped that from happening as quickly as many observers and betting punters expected.

Carbon Neutral by 2030

This begs the question of how F1 believes it will meet its target of being a carbon-neutral organization by 2030. It’s already a difficult task when you consider teams having to jet equipment all across the globe for race days, but could become even tougher if hybrid engines are not replaced with fully electric power units.

Manufacturers like Ferrari are clearly worried about losing control of F1

As change appeared to be being thrust upon the F1 power structure, some old hands decided to put a stop to the electric party, including new F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, a petrol-head through and through, who formerly worked at the top of Ferrari and Lamborghini. He has already been on the record as saying that F1 will never go electric and that its future is the current hybrid model.

This probably has more to do with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes playing catch-up to electric car manufacturers like Tesla, who would wipe the floor with conventional F1 teams if the series suddenly went electric.

Competition May Force Their Hand

Of course, many teams’ reluctance to change runs the risk of rendering themselves and F1 obsolete, especially as exciting new 100% electric motorsports series begin to gain a foothold in the public conscience.

Recent examples of this were when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg formed their very own Extreme E racing teams. If a series like this starts to attract major mainstream attention, then F1 may have little choice but to fully commit to becoming 100% electric.