“Nonetheless, Russia has started some steps forward. Our task now is to get rid of great pollutants – from this point of view if you do nothing about fleet renewal no hybrid or electric vehicle would add anything to the eco-situation in cities.”
Alexey Rakhmanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, explains that the Russian government is studying how to allocate subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles. However, he adds that the road to establishing the technology in the country is going to be a long one.
“I have no idea why and I think it is absurd that there are people who, after such a good race, complain about the new Formula 1, saying that it is not loud enough.”
Former Formula 1 driver and non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 Team, Niki Lauda, disagrees with comments that hybrid engines do not belong on the race track. Earlier, Formula 1 chef Bernie Ecclestone had complaint that the new vehicles do not sound like real race cars anymore.
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