[tps_header] International Automobile Federation (FIA) had proposed the development of alternative engines a few days ago. But, it was rejected in a meeting by the F1 commission on Tuesday.[/tps_header]
The F1, currently has four engine suppliers namely, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Honda. These companies developed new 1.5-liter V-6 turbo, hybrid engines in 2014 to replace the existing 2.4-liter, naturally aspirated V-8’s. These engines are fuel efficient and quiter but at the same time too expensive. Cost of the V-8s, including a basic energy-recovery package, ranged from about £8.5-10.6m, while the turbo hybrids cost in the region of £12.7-16.3m. This made it difficult for the contesting teams to afford the engines.
The issue deepened when Red Bull was not able to find a supplier for itself. This is the time when FIA decided to levy a cost cap on the prices of the engines. However, this proposal was voted out by Ferrari using the veto power given to it years ago. Therefore, FIA decided to provide the teams with alternative cost-effective engines. This proposal was put forward in a meeting of Strategy Group on Tuesday at the FIA’s headquarters in Paris. But, it was rejected by the F1 commission. The four manufacturers instead agreed to come up with a proposal which will address all the problems.
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“The meetings acknowledged the four credible Expressions of Interest made for the manufacture and supply of a less expensive alternative customer engine,” the FIA confirmed. “The F1 Commission voted not to pursue this option at this stage – however, it may be reassessed after the Power Unit manufacturers have presented their proposal to the Strategy Group.” it added.
The FIA statement adds that “the proposal will include the establishment of a minimum number of teams that a manufacturer must supply, ensuring that all teams will have access to a Power Unit”.
The proposal that is to be submitted before 15th January has to address the following issues –
– A guarantee of supply to all the teams
– To reduce the engines’ cost
– Simplification of Technical Specification
– Improved Noise
The problems seems to be partially solved right now. But, nothing can be confirmed as this issue has become a political struggle between the FIA bosses and the manufacturers. Let us hope that this struggle does not affect the 2017 season.