F1 is set to make concessions by permitting the traditional Red Arrows display ahead of the British Grand Prix, despite having previously issued bans on displays of military aircraft and those not powered by sustainable fuels.
Earlier this week, RacingNews365.com revealed that race promoters of F1 Grands Prix in 2022 would not be allowed to stage displays of military aviation aircraft as part of their pre-race build-ups.
The original note sent to race promoters and seen by RacingNews365.com (below), made clear military aircraft displays would not be permitted. In a request for further details, military aerobatic displays such as the Red Arrows were specifically included at the time.
The reason given was a desire to reduce F1's carbon emissions, although RacingNews365.com understands the ban was also intended to eliminate military posturing by no longer providing a platform for displays of military strength.
A concession is made for the Red Arrows
As initially reported, F1's stance of allowing commercial and civilian flypasts remains unchanged – promoters and sponsors may stage such displays provided the airline or aircraft owners use sustainable fuel sources.
Since that note from F1, RacingNews365.com understands a concession was granted following a request from the promoter of the British Grand Prix to allow the Red Arrows display, as the squadron does do not fly in military colours, and is made up of former combat aircraft rather than current versions.
The stipulation to use sustainable fuels is likely be waived in such circumstances, as it will for Red Bull's Flying Bulls displays. The ban on combat military aircraft remains in place, regardless of the fuel type used.
The original note sent by F1 to race promoters read: "We would like to update you that for the 2022 season, military aviation activities will no longer be permitted to be part of F1 races going forward.
"This new policy supports our sustainability objectives in reducing carbon footprint. Please be advised commercial flyovers using sustainable fuel can be accommodated at F1 races and we are happy to discuss with you for your race.
"As you are aware, aviation activities are not covered under a promoters' policy and therefore we request that promoters obtain from the airlines proof of insurance coverage in order for commercial flyovers to take place.
"Activities will not be added to the timetable unless first approved in writing by Formula 1 and after the appropriate insurance has been received and signed off by contractual deadlines."
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