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F1 goes GREEN! Bans military flypast

F1 bans pre-race military flypast, this decision was taken for environmental reasons.

Formula One is aiming to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030 and with this, in mind, they are taking the necessary steps. F1 is even moving forward to come up with a fully sustainable fuel that will power their new engines in 2026.

Some even claim that F1 is not trying to attach itself to the image that the event is a show of military propaganda.

However, Silverstone Circuit managing director Stuart Pringle confirmed that Red Arrows are an exemption and will continue their long going tradition by performing Air Show during the pre-race build-up and will remain part of the British Grand Prix.

“The Red Arrows have played a significant part in entertaining motorsport fans since they first performed at the British Grand Prix in 1966 and I am pleased to say that Formula One has confirmed this much-loved tradition can continue at Silverstone in 2022,” he said.

Red Arrows at Silverstone F1
Red Arrows at Silverstone F1

“The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, are not classed as military aviation and, as such, do not fall into the category of those displays that will no longer be permitted at Formula One events.”

Red Arrows display team will be exempt along with passenger jets using sustainable fuels.

Races in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain are sponsored by airlines Etihad and Gulf Air respectively with both using their Boeing 787 Dreamliners to highlight low-emission technology and sustainable fuel.

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