Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Formula 1 does away with pre-race military flyovers, cites sport’s ‘sustainability objectives,’ per report

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Like many other sports around the world, Formula 1 races have long presented an opportunity for promoters tin different nations for show off a patriotic display by by staging a pre-race military flyover before each event. However, when the Formula 1 field takes to the grid for the first time this season, there will be a noticeable void in the skies above pre-race festivities.

According to a report by Autoweek, Formula 1 has told its 23 race promoters that military flyovers will no longer be permitted at F1 races, calling the decision one to “support F1’s sustainability objectives.” 

“(Military flyovers) are no longer in line with the Co2 emission reduction targets of F1, which aims to eliminate its environmental impact by 2030,” read a report by the Italian publication Corriere della Sera. “This season, for example, a new gasoline with 10 percent ethanol of natural origin will be introduced, while in recent years campaigns have been launched to eliminate plastic and reduce waste.”

Autoweek states that it is also believed that F1 wishes to limit the ability of its host nations, which include the United States, Britain, Russia, and others, to use races as a means of exhibiting their military force. While military flyovers will no longer be permitted, flyovers with other sorts of planes — such as commercial aircrafts powered by sustainable fuels or aerobatic planes — may still be allowed to perform flyovers and air displays.

The 2022 Formula 1 season begins in March with two races in the Middle East, the first being the Bahrain Grand Prix and the second the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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