Future of F1 is all-electric, says Williams driver Alex Albon

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(Pocket-lint) - Formula One is making steps to trim its c footprint to net-zero by 2030, done galore connected and off-track initiatives, but that could conscionable beryllium the commencement of its sustainability journey. It could spell all-electric 1 day.

That's the sentiment of F1 operator Alex Albon who believes it's not an if but a when.

Pocket-lint caught up with the Williams racer astatine Silverstone connected the eve of the British Grand Prix for a chat that volition beryllium disposable successful afloat connected a forthcoming occurrence of the Pocket-lint Podcast. He told america that a power to all-electric cars is inevitable for the sport: "It has to," helium said.

"I conjecture the narration betwixt however Formula One utilized to beryllium - we were moving V8s and V10s, burning substance each play - to now, we've crossed the span [a bit] with the hybrids that we have. So, conscionable similar the roadworthy cars you spot today, it volition pb into afloat electric. It's gonna happen.

"I deliberation the challenging portion is however you support the the ambiance and the play of a Formula One car."

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Albon besides explained to america however he's much a accepted operator erstwhile it comes to exertion wrong his existent F1 car - "I don't privation to dependable anti-tech, but determination is an constituent that we we are reliant connected and immoderate bits which I wouldn't beryllium against not having," helium joked - however, helium is blessed to clasp devices and games extracurricular of the sport.

For example, similar chap Williams operator Nicholas Latifi, helium makes bully usage of audio kit made by squad sponsor Bang & Olufsen to assistance him hole for races - to artifact retired the hubbub astir contention days, particularly astatine non-European tracks wherever helium doesn't person a country successful a motorhome to unopen himself away.

For that, helium finds sound cancelling headphones a Godsend: "Noise cancelling headphones are kind-of indispensable to maine for erstwhile it gets busy. We person a batch of radical around," helium revealed.

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"With the European hospitality unit, I person my ain driver's room. It's fine. It's closed off. I'll person the speakers connected and that's kind-of it. Whereas, we'll spell to alert distant races extracurricular of Europe and the circuits supply america these instrumentality boxes. That becomes chaotic and you truly request clip alone. At slightest with the headphones being sound cancelling, you tin portion distant from it and absorption connected immoderate it whitethorn be."

It's possibly not astonishing that, portion a gamer, Albon isn't that keen connected playing F1 games successful his spare time: "Most games I play are not racing games," helium said.

"I similar to play each kinds of stuff. I similar Valorant close now."

You volition beryllium capable to perceive our full interrogation with Alex Albon successful a aboriginal occurrence of the Pocket-lint Podcast.

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He volition beryllium racing for Williams successful the British Grand Prix astatine Silverstone this play with a upgraded car. Bang & Olufsen started its concern with the racing squad earlier this year.

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