F1's risk of future irrelevance

F1's risk of future irrelevance

With the world's passion for motoring seemingly dwindling and electric technology on the rise, Dieter Rencken suspects Formula 1 might have passed its peak...

A variety of studies undertaken of late suggest that car usage across the planet has peaked, that enthusiasm for the automobile is on the down side of the bell curve. In short, indicators are such that the car's time – and, by extension, that of motorsport – has seemingly come.

If so, what steps should the sport, led by world motoring's governing body, the FIA, take to ensure that it doesn't become progressively marginalised as ecological and social lobbies take hold and exert increasing pressure?

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