It seems like a real catch-22 situation for F1's future.
I think it's fair to say electric motorsport is very marmite - it divides opinions massively, as we've seen on this forum plenty of times in the past. Currently, electric motorsport has been limited to series that were set-up as being electric powered from the very start, and, as a result, have built a decent fan base of people who like electric cars, or have no overly negative opinion of them.
But I do think that as the electrification of more...established series takes place, you're likely to see quite a bit of negativity from fans. Let's face it, a lot of motorsport fans are very traditional - drivers and fans glamorize the past on a regular basis. Just look at the reaction to Vettel's V12 comment as evidence of that. I just imagine that as soon as rally cars, touring cars, Le Mans cars, and yes, even F1 cars start sounding more like Formula E cars there's going to be quite a lot of pitchfork raising going on. Hell, look at the discussion we saw when F1 introduced the V6Ts several years ago. It'll be that, all over again, but probably on a much bigger scale.
Yet, I can see why electrification of F1 (or indeed, any other series) is if not inevitable, then at least rather sensible in the long term, for reasons already mentioned here. If F1 does stick to ICE, it'll likely see the departure of several manufacturers, and be at risk of losing its title of the "pinnacle of motorsport".
Who, ultimately, does the sport need to avoid pissing off least? The fans, or the manufacturers? Without the fans there is no sport, regardless of how environmentally friendly the cars are. But without manufacturers willing to play, there's no sport either...
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe, after the initial outrage at F1 switching to electric power, things will...ahem...quieten down and we'll all just come to accept it. But, I do feel like before that ever happened there could be a sizeable backlash, of which the governing body, manufacturers and everyone else must surely be aware of. Or do they just feel that losing fans to ensure the possible future of the sport is worth it, and that those who don't like it are dispensable?
Edited by JHSingo, 05 October 2019 - 23:41.