Formula 2 season gets underway fueled by advanced sustainable fuels
The Formula 2 racing season which began over the weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit marked the first competitive use of advanced sustainable fuels.
Developed by Saudi Aramco, a Formula 1 Global Partner, the sustainable fuels are being pioneered by the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships before F1 switches to using this fuel in 2026, in line with the new engine regulations.
As approved by the World Motor Sport Council, F2 and F3 will run 55% advanced sustainable fuels through the duration of the 2023 Championships, as the junior Championships continue to help shape the F1 of the future.
Formula 2 and Formula 3 will gradually increase the sustainable elements year-on-year before reaching 100% for the 2027 season, following the introduction of 100% sustainable fuel to the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2026.
The development and implementation of the advanced sustainable fuel is a key part of the wider sustainability strategy announced by Formula 1 to become net zero carbon by 2030.
Aramco is working on the development of low carbon fuels which aim to exceed the FIA’s standards as a “drop-in” technology, meaning they could be rolled out to the world’s existing car fleet.
F2 and F3 drivers completed more than 8,000 laps on the 55% advanced sustainable fuel during pre-season testing last month.
“A lot of research and dedication has gone into the creation of the Advanced Sustainable Fuels that the F2 and F3 cars will be using this year, and we’re delighted to see it now in action on the racetrack. The role of the F2 and F3 Championships has never been more important, as they continue to nurture the next generation of driver talent and inspire game-changing innovation,” said Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO, Formula 1.
“The FIA has long been an advocate of motor sport’s power to bring about positive change through technologies. The introduction of World Motor Sport Council approved Advanced Sustainable Fuels to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 is a significant landmark on our sport’s journey towards carbon neutrality and is a key element of our progress towards implementing 100% sustainable fuels in Formula 1. Our sport leads the way in offering innovative and proactive solutions that have huge potential for the future of all transport,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President.