FIA president Max Mosley has for a long time demonstrated an unswerving commitment to make the F1 business more eco-friendly and relevant to the car industry than it has been in the past when the pursuit of unfettered power was the only thing which mattered.
Now Max has formally outlined his vision for the future with a raft of new rules which will see the sport travelling down the hybrid route from the start of 2009 season as energy recovery systems will become the only means by which entrants can enhance the performance of their cars.
The development of engines has been frozen, creating a situation meaning that extra power can only be gained by making the better use of energy, or by getting more useful work from the fuel burnt.
Mosley explained: "In 2009, F1 is going hybrid as the first stage of a programme to divert the vast research effort at the pinnacle of motorsport towards energy efficiency. Called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), this hybrid device is set to revolutionise F1. It will make the sport at once more environmentally friendly, road relevant, and at the cutting edge of future automotive technology."