P1 Fuels know-how shot to consideration eventually yr’s British Grand Prix when Vettel accomplished an indication run in Nigel Mansell’s championship-winning 1992 automobile utilizing its personal fossil-free gas.
On the time, Vettel stated that one of many motivations for the run was to show that it was potential to maintain utilizing inside combustion engines from each previous and present race automobiles however in a extra sustainable means.
“I’m utilizing carbon-neutral fuels to show that we will nonetheless cling onto our historical past and heritage and tradition in motorsport, however do it in a extra accountable means,” he defined earlier than the run.
P1 Fuels believes that showcasing its know-how in motorsport can assist quick monitor its merchandise to widespread shopper adoption, with the corporate already the unique provider for the World Rally Championship.
Now, P1 Fuels co-founder and COO Benjamin Pochammer has revealed that it has begun working with some F1 crew suppliers to guage potential future partnerships, with grand prix racing switching to totally sustainable fuels from 2026.
And whereas F1 is presently working completely with Aramco for the event of laws for the 2026 fuels, P1 says discussions are already underway with groups to see the way it may get entangled.
“It’s attending to know one another,” Pochammer informed Autosport at Rally Portugal about the place his firm was at with F1 groups.
“There is no such thing as a tender in F1 proper now as Aramco is the one and solely on this place.
“However in F1, everybody can drive with totally different gas corporations. So truly, we do have a few F1 racing corporations who already work with groups, they usually need to take a look at our merchandise.”
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Whereas Pochammer didn’t increase on which corporations and groups they have been chatting with, he stated it was an “thrilling” chance – because it may make the general public very conscious of P1’s merchandise.
“We love racing, so it is thrilling,” he stated. “However we’re wanting into the mass market. We actually need to make a distinction.
“We actually have a imaginative and prescient, and this is step one, however the second step is getting on the market so that everybody can use this type of gas, as a result of that’s the imaginative and prescient we’ve got.”
Whereas its hyperlink up with Vettel has been nice in elevating consciousness of P1’s merchandise, Pochammer stated their relationship was totally casual – and had been triggered just by the German desirous to play his half in serving to the local weather.
Pochammer added: “In 2015, he stated, ‘I must do one thing concerning the local weather, and I need to go racing.’ So, there was a primary concept.
“It took a few years, and now we’ve got proven that it really works in each engine. The laws are there, and the world’s truly it.
“He [Vettel] loves what P1 is doing. He is not an official ambassador or something. He’s utilizing it and truly wherever he goes, he says: ‘Okay, I drive your automobile, however solely with P1.’ We adore it.
“Vettel is admittedly into that subject. He is not doing it for another cause that he actually desires to make a change.”