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Why F1's biggest danger is not being ambitious with its 2026 rules

OPINION: Formula 1 has come under fire for its 2026 rules plan, in particular from Max Verstappen. But the potentially drastic consequences of not making sustainability a key element of the technical regulations would considerably outweigh any grumblings that may yet be proven misplaced anyway

For a motorsport series that is at the cutting edge of technology, Formula 1 can be a bit risk adverse at times – especially when it comes to major regulation change. So, it's not really a surprise that, as has happened countless times before when a major rules shake-up is on the cards, fears have emerged about just where things are heading from 2026.

The excitement and fanfare that erupted when Audi and Honda committed, thanks to the new rules, have been replaced by concern and alarm from some teams about engines running out of power on the straights and overtaking being a thing of the past with zero drag cars.

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