New engine plan could scupper hybrid formula
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 simplied 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