Frenando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari drives during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 6, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
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As Earth's atmosphere warms alarmingly and fills with heat-trapping gases, and the writing on the wall – "People, we're in trouble!" – looms ever larger, Formula One has steadily become a guilty pleasure, the motorsport equivalent of blue whale burger or wearing panda fur.All that precious fuel going up in smoke, speed and outrageous noise – totally unsustainable and increasingly unjustifiable.To cover a meager 300 kilometers, the length of all F1 races except the shorter Monaco Grand Prix, the V8s guzzled around 200 liters (50 gallons) of fuel – sometimes a bit more, sometimes less, depending on the track and conditions.F1 wouldn't be F1 without excess.At least F1 can now argue that it is going in the right direction. If improvements in fuel economy, engine technology, energy recovery and hybrid-power know-how also bleed over into future road cars, F1 will be able to stick that feather in its cap, too.Ultimately what makes F1 watchable – or not – isn't noise but the quality and closeness of the racing.Fuel economy isn't beside the point – for F1 or for any of us.
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