Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has said that Formula 1 mustn't move away from electric power in any future changes to engine rules. As the sport comes close to finalising the engine format for beyond 2020, it's thought that the engines will be simplified going forward, but the Frenchman says this shouldn't mean taking away the electric elements of the power unit.
In light of FIA president Jean Todt’s somewhat controversial comments last week, where he said that F1 will never go fully electric, Abiteboul said: "We do believe in electrification. The world is going towards lower emissions, so Formula 1 cannot turn its back to this evolution so we need electrification.
"All cars will be hybrid in the future. For sure we don’t mean fully electric cars. It is all about balancing between combustion engines – as this is where the DNA of Formula 1 is – and electrification.
"Then it is much about finding the right balance between the technology and the show. Maybe right now we have an engine that is too complex and too heavy – and is not producing enough sound and horsepower. But we are open for any discussions in that direction."