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 shows how the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships are pioneers in this important area of development, while continuing to propel the F1 world champions of the future through the single-seater pyramid, a statement said.
The agreement is subject to the approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
It will form part of the broader 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 power their cars with 100% sustainable fuels. An important milestone on this journey will be the introduction of a 100% sustainable fuel from the 2026 F1 season alongside next-generation hybrid powertrains.
Aramco is working to develop sustainable fuels as a “drop-in” technology, meaning they could be introduced into the world’s existing vehicle fleet – helping to reduce global transportation emissions.
“Sustainability is high on the global motorsport agenda and it is vital that this work continues not only in Formula 1, but also in Formula 2, Formula 3 and throughout the ecosystem,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem , FIA President , said.
“Our sport is evolving and evolving rapidly and will continue to be at the forefront by advancing the technologies, including sustainable fuels, that will be critical to tackling climate change. We are an important part of solving the problems we face around the world.”
Stefano Domenicali, F1 President and CEO added: “Aramco is a leader in this area and, subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval, will deliver on our sustainable fuels ambitions by working closely with our colleagues in F2 and F3 . which not only bring the drivers of the future through, but also offer an excellent testing ground for the latest technology in motorsport.
“In 2026, F1 will transition to zero-emission, sustainable 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 sector’s transition to net zero.”
Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Aramco, said, “Aramco’s goal is to achieve Scope 1 and Scope 2 net-zero emissions for our fully owned facilities by 2050. In addition, we recognize the need to work closely with our suppliers and customers to reduce emissions along the entire value chain of our products.
“This includes the transport sector, where our approach involves redesigning internal combustion engines and the fuels that power them.
“Our sustainable fuels partnership with F2 and F3 will be an extension of that effort and we are extremely excited about their potential,” he added.
And Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer at Aramco, continued: “Aramco leverages its unique scale, global network and technological expertise to help deliver low-carbon transportation solutions.
“We firmly 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 decarbonization of the transport sector, from low-carbon fuels and more efficient engines to advanced carbon capture materials and technologies.
“By partnering with F2 and F3 on this journey, we hope to make a positive impact by enabling emissions reductions in motorsport and ultimately across the transport sector.”