Your essential F1 briefing #24 Tokens
Name Tokens Age Just over two years Appearance Moribund What? Tokens are no more? I’ve still got a load from my local launderette that I haven’t used! You don’t have laundry facilities in your abode? Join the 21st century, chum. I suppose I could use them to play bingo. From you, I always expect a token gesture. Very droll. Anyhow, of what do you blither? The supremely complex, abstruse and recherché system of tokens to restrict Formula 1 engine development is to be scrapped from next year. Oh good. I never quite grasped it anyway. Well, the idea was that the complete power unit was broken into 42 areas, each of which had a ‘weight’ in tokens from one to three, depending on their importance, coming to a total of 66. Clickety click! See, I said we could play bingo. So it would theoretically cost you 66 tokens to change every part of the engine. But the amount of tokens each team could spend, and the areas they could change, was to reduce every season. Last year, the number of tokens dropped to 32. Er, half a fat lady and one little duck! This isn’t really working, is it? So they all say – particularly the manufacturers, who can’t keep up with Mercedes. Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul said, “An F1 dictated by the performance of the engine is not good for anyone.” Sounds like a bit o’ bull to me. Hasn’t Adrian Newey been banging that drum for years? He has. But get this: he hates the engine unfreeze. He told Reuters that it would lead to a “spending frenzy”, and that for those manufacturers who aren’t willing to put hand in pocket “the gaps get bigger not smaller”. Aero whizz complains that aero isn’t as important as it used to be. Meh. You could at least make a token effort to comprehend the gravity of the situation. They’ve always got to have something to complain about. It’ll all come out in the wash… Boom, boom!
Do say You’ll never take our freedom! Don’t say But you’re welcome to these tokens