Ecclestone Says No To Electric Pit Lane

Plans for F1 cars to run solely on electric motors in the pit lane have hit the buffers - in the form of an objection from F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone reckons the absence of engine noise would be dangerous for those working in the pit lane.

"Formula One is absolutely not the right place to have electric engines," Ecclestone told the Daily Express. "It's like having ballet dancers with sneakers. More comfortable, but it doesn't work... There's no way that it will be electric in the pit lane. People could be killed because they won't hear the cars coming."

Thus, article 5.19 of the new technical regs, which states that 'the car must be run in electric mode (no ignition and no fuel supply to the engine) at all times when being driven in the pit lane' looks pretty much dead...

But as for what this will do to the planned doubling in power of the KERS system when the new 1.6-litre turbo V6s arrive in 2014, well, your guess is as good as ours...

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  • Stew2000 11 Aug 2011

    +1 for Bernie.

  • ellisd82 11 Aug 2011

    Wow...Finally Bernie talks some sense! I don't like the Idea of Elec bikes for the same reason, but with bikes we are generally never seen anyway, so I make sure I am heard.

  • UltimaCH 11 Aug 2011

    What about installing a horn in an F1 for the pit lane getmecoat

  • The Danimal 11 Aug 2011

    Blimey. I actually agree with Bernie for once. His point was perfectly illustrated last night when I was walking through the gym car park and suddenly ended up laying on the bonnet of a Toyota Prius that had unexpectedly pulled out of a parking space on 'ultimate ninja death silence mode'.... The driver was very apologetic.

  • oilit 11 Aug 2011

    why is it already in the regs then if god says no? (or does this article just read that way and its only in a draft set of new regs?)

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