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LONDON: Formula Motorsport Limited (FML) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with global Formula 1 partner Aramco to introduce the use of sustainable fuels in both championships from 2023.

The deal demonstrates how the FIA ​​Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships are pioneers in this important area of ​​development, while continuing to bring future F1 world champions through the single-seater pyramid, according to a communicated.

The agreement is subject to the approval of the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council.

It will form part of the wider sustainability strategy announced by the FIA ​​and F1, which aims to make the sport carbon-free by 2030.

By 2026, all FIA championships will be required by regulation to run their cars on 100% sustainable fuels. A key step in the journey will be the introduction of 100% sustainable fuel from the 2026 F1 season, alongside next-generation hybrid power units.

Aramco is working to develop sustainable fuels as “drop-in” technology, meaning they could be deployed on the world’s existing fleet, helping to reduce global transportation emissions.

“Sustainability is at the top of the global motorsport agenda, and it is vital to see this work continue not just in Formula 1, but also in Formula 2, Formula 3 and across the whole ecosystem,” said Mohammed. Ben Sulayem, president of the FIA. , said.

“Our sport is growing and changing rapidly and it will continue to lead the way, pioneering technologies, including sustainable fuels, which will be crucial in tackling climate change. We are a key part of the solution to the problems we face. in the whole world.

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of F1, added: “Aramco is a leader in this area and, subject to the approval of the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council, will deliver on our sustainable fuel ambitions. , working closely with our colleagues in F2 and F3, who not only put the drivers of the future through, but also provide a superb testing ground for the latest in motorsport technology.

“In 2026, F1 will transition to a sustainable zero-emissions fuel that offers a game-changing solution for the automotive sector and beyond. With the support of Aramco and all of our manufacturers, we can accelerate the industry’s transition to zero. clean.”

Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Aramco, said, “Aramco’s ambition is to achieve net Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions across all of our owned operated assets. exclusive by 2050. In addition, we recognize the need to work closely with our suppliers and customers to reduce emissions throughout the value chain of our products.

“This includes those in the transportation sector, where our approach includes redesigning internal combustion engines and the fuels that power them.

“Our sustainable fuels partnership with F2 and F3 will be an extension of these efforts, and we are extremely excited about its potential,” he added.

And Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer at Aramco, continued: “Aramco leverages its unique scale, global network and technology expertise to help deliver low-carbon transportation solutions.

“We strongly believe in the power of partnerships and through our collaboration with F2 and F3, we aim to demonstrate the significant potential of liquid synthetic fuels.

“We are exploring practical solutions that can enable the decarbonisation of the transport sector, from low-carbon fuels and more efficient engines to advanced materials and carbon capture technology.

“By partnering with F2 and F3 on this journey, we hope to have a positive impact in enabling reduced emissions in motorsport and ultimately the wider transport sector.”

Maria D. Ervin