F1 » Whitmarsh hails 'very positive' F1 engine resolution

McLaren-Mercedes team principal and Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) chairman Martin Whitmarsh has praised the new engine regulations for 2014 as a 'very positive' step for the sport's future

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Caroline - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 2:45 PM

Of course he's happy, Mercedes were way behind Renault in the development of the 2013 engine, this now gives their engine supplier a chance to catch up.

Whitmarsh was one of the people that were happy to sign-off the 2013 engine too, no doubt if they fall behind again the 2014 engine will be delayed or altered or scrapped.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 2:54 PM

Those that started work on a 4cyl. were jumping the gun. If they started at all. And how are you aware that Merc were WAY behind? You can't just make stuff up.

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 3:35 PM

I would be very surprised if any manufacturer had gone far in the development of a 4 cylinder engine.
I would also be surprised if any of them had done nothing at all.

But putting too much time, effort and money into an engine that was not clearly defined by regulations- in a sport known for last-minute changes by the regulating authorities, well, that would be simply foolish.

As for the new plan- better, but still not as good as I will continue to hope for.


June 23, 2011 4:15 PM

blzbub. i cannot be sure, but doesnt mclarens contract with merc run out in 2013, so mclaren could well develop an engine themselves, as they have intimated, or they may do a deal with another manufacturer.

usf1. your comment (mid post) is true, when pure engine was "anounced", i pointed out the stupidity, as final engine spec still had not been decided. but i wonder if the engine ever existed or if it was a bit like windy's usf1? (is that where you got your name from?)

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 4:38 PM

The name comes from me being in the US and being an F1 fan.

I do like the idea of again having an F1 team from the US and had hoped that USF1 would be able to pull it off... but hadn't really expected them to.
Not with the economy the way it has been and the preponderance of circle track or drag fans in the US.


June 23, 2011 7:05 PM

I do not believe that anybody (from in F1) had anything more than a plan/formulation/researched/drawings for the turbo four as there was always an amount of uncertainty about it happening and even well placed insiders from the FIA said that it wasn't properly agreed upon.
MW was not only happy but one of the first to come out in favour of the turbo four and saying how good it would be for F1 and now he is also happy with the vee six.
As to mclaren making their own engine a one point six turbo designed and developed by somebody for them it might happen but a NA capable of 18k rpm and being competitive no way.

devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 23, 2011 7:12 PM

Im pretty happy about this, the turbo 6's from the original turbo era sounded pretty mean, and the technology has only gotten more refined. I wish they would let them spool 'em up to 1000hp like the last generation but I guess that would be dreaming too much. A vee motor will certainly sound better than an inline 4, and this change is a sign that the FIA does at least to some degree care about what we like, and as fans we owe as much to be willing to compromise.


June 23, 2011 8:24 PM
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blzbub. yes, but it is someone else's design,(ricardo, i think) but is badged as mclaren.
ron must be fuming, autocar tested it against the ferrari 458, and the 458 came out best!

ps just saw an article on f1sa, where mclaren say they have no interest in producing an engine. so maybe vw.porsche/audi????????

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