‘F1 is eas­ier’

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

Mercedes claims that F1 is now eas­ier for a new man­u­fac­turer to get into since the hy­brid V6 en­gines were in­tro­duced. Andy Cow­ell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mercedes AMG High Per­for­mance Pow­er­trains, said: “The V10s and V8s were so spe­cial­ist, 20,000 or 18,000rpm nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated en­gines were very pe­cu­liar, there were no other mo­tor­sport cat­e­gories do­ing that. For a com­pany that sells cars and is do­ing the ef­fi­ciency and tech­nol­ogy drive, the cur­rent rules make it eas­ier for them to say ‘we want to go and com­pete in F1.’ In the old days you’d spend ages work­ing out what the bore size should be or how many cylin­ders you should have. Now it’s all in the regs.”

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