FIA is still facing a challenge regarding new fuel: ‘The way you fight a fire is different’

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FIA is still facing a challenge regarding new fuel: ‘The way you fight a fire is different’

Pat Symonds has indicated that the new fuel to be used in 2026 will also bring new safety standards. For example, fires will probably have to be tackled differently if they start during a Grand Prix weekend. The homologation process has not yet started, but the FIA ​​has had extensive discussions during the test days. In addition, Symonds hopes that competition to produce the best fuel will be promoted.

Formula 1 wants to move towards a climate neutral policy and that also means that the fuel used in the sport will be adjusted. Because of the new fuel, Formula 1 also has to look again at safety. “The way you fight a fire is something else,” says Symonds at Autosport. ‘There are different chemicals, as indeed nowadays for electrical fires. The compatibility of the materials must also be checked.’

Safety has therefore been discussed extensively in recent weeks. The FIA ​​hopes to start the homologation process soon. “During the test days I met with one of the subcontractors who supply many of the seals and rubber components used in all current Formula 1 cars. I talked to him about this particular topic. It’s not a big deal, but it’s one you need to make sure you understand.”

Symonds: ‘We don’t yet know what the best way is’

The new fuel is therefore still a point of uncertainty for the teams. The FIA ​​hopes that there will be some competition. “This is a completely new technology. There are many ways to produce fuel and no one is quite sure yet which is the best way. That’s why we’ve formulated the rules to promote competition to produce fuels in different ways,” Symonds told Motorsport.com.

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