New en­gine plan could scup­per hy­brid for­mula

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As Red Bull re­main with­out a 2016 en­gine deal, F1’s bosses an­nounce plans for cheaper – and bet­ter – al­ter­na­tives

Spooked by the lack of com­pet­i­tive­ness at the front of the grid, and the grow­ing power of the en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ers, F1 chiefs Bernie Ec­cle­stone and Jean Todt are push­ing for a cheaper en­gine that could kill off the turbo hy­brids.

They pro­pose a 2.2-litre V6 turbo en­gine, with a sim­ple en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem, which could be run in par­al­lel with the cur­rent 1.6-litre turbo hy­brids. Th­ese new en­gines would cost £4.3mil­lion for a year’s sup­ply – about a third of the cost of the cheap­est cus­tomer hy­brid deal.

For man­u­fac­tur­ers, the risk is that there is an un­der­ly­ing plan for an equiv­a­lence for­mula in which the new en­gines would be ad­justed to en­sure turbo hy­brids could not win. They would then have no choice but to quit F1 or to build their own sim­plied en­gines.

The plan is the brain­child of for­mer FIA pres­i­dent Max Mosley. In a joint in­ter­view with Bernie Ec­cle­stone on Ger­man TV, Mosley said car man­u­fac­tur­ers had too much con­trol within

Fer­rari have of­fered to do a deal with Red Bull to sup­ply them with ‘old’ 2015 en­gines for 2016

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