Motor-F1 Racing Bans Pre-Race Military Flyovers, But Red Arrows OK | The mighty 790 KFGO

By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One will ban pre-race flypasts by military aircraft this season, but Britain’s Red Arrows display team will be exempt along with passenger jets using sustainable fuels.

Formula 1 said the decision was made for environmental reasons, with the sport determined to reduce its carbon footprint.

Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle confirmed in a statement that the Red Arrows will continue to be part of the build-up to the British Grand Prix.

“The Red Arrows have played an important role in entertaining motorsport fans since they first entered the British Grand Prix in 1966 and I am happy to say that Formula 1 has confirmed that this much-loved tradition can continue. at Silverstone in 2022,” he said. .

“The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, are not classified as military aviation and as such do not fall into the category of demonstrations which will no longer be permitted at events. of Formula 1.”

Italy’s Corriere della Sera has announced that the country’s Frecce Tricolori will no longer feature at Imola and Monza this year.

The newspaper said some Formula 1 suspects wanted to remove screens that could be seen as displays of military power or propaganda.

Several races regularly featured flypasts of fighter jets and commercial airliners.

The Abu Dhabi and Bahrain races are sponsored by Etihad and Gulf Air airlines respectively, both of which use their Boeing 787 Dreamliners to showcase low-emission technology and sustainable fuel.

The Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring also featured historic blueprints belonging to the energy drink company’s billionaire owner, Dietrich Mateschitz.

Formula 1 aims to achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2030, with 100% sustainable fuels from 2026 when a new engine is introduced.

Almost all cars have been banned from September’s Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, with most fans cycling the coastal circuit west of Amsterdam or taking the train.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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