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.

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