F1 » Mercedes: New engines won’t mean economy runs

Mercedes has provided a sneak preview of the new era of F1 due to be ushered in in 2014.

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JJJ - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 9:59 AM

What I still don't get is that these manufacturers are pouring millions and millions into these new engines, only to then have the FIA come in and create equality between them for the next several years (this has to be done of course, since real engine competition/development isn't allowed anymore but at the same time none of the manufacturers will accept running behind one of the others for 5 years).

Back in the good old days when engine development was still allowed it made sense to pour every last million into it to make sure your firebreathing monster had a couple HP on the other guy's powerplant, it was an equal playing field of fair competition that yielded great results...Now though, what's the point?

Might as well manufacture a Trabant if it means then all the others are effectively not allowed to build something better...


January 12, 2013 10:04 AM

“There will be a new quality to the racing, it will EDGE towards a THINKING drivers' FORMULA to get the most from the car and the AVAILLABLE FUEL and energy” (Andy Cowell of Mercedes HPE).
They at Mercedes and those at The FIA are certainly edging towards a THINKING DRIVER formula rather than a fast car and the fastest driver.
And by the way, does Mercedes intends do away with exhaust headers?

oldtimer - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 10:09 AM

Another nail in the coffin of F1, the huge cost of developing these new engines will have to be passed on to the teams, maybe OK for those with free engines or huge budgets but for the rest it will be the final straw. I forsee the grids for F1 returning to the levels of the fifties and sixties with three or four well funded teams and a ragtag of nohopers with third rate cars and even worse engines. The FIA and their cohorts seem to be hell bent on taking F1 in the wrong direction, they only care about themselves and have no interest in the people who pay good money to watch F1 either live or on the screen. Somebody please find some people with some good old fashioned common sense who can get F1 going in the right direction.


January 12, 2013 10:29 AM

Such big rule changes throw up all sorts of surprises. It makes for a very exciting lead up to the season. Lets hope in 2014 that excitement continues through the year.
Meanwhile this year has a lot to live up to if it is going to match 2012. Concerned it will be a runaway Red Bull year.


January 12, 2013 12:03 PM

V6 limited to 15,000 RPM. I think 2014 will be the death of F1, better enjoy this year because it's the last of real Formula 1. I don't understand why they just don't keep the V8's or bring back the V10's. Stupid environmentalists ruin racing for everybody. R.I.P Formula 1.

Bryan G - Unregistered

January 12, 2013 1:04 PM

The logic of the new engine spec is beyond me - Costs have to be cut as f1 will die without a reduction. These new engines and power recovery systems will without doubt be the most expensive F1 engines ever produced.The development costs of the additional systems will be astronomical.I really do not think that this has been thought through - where is the encouragement for new manufacturers and teams.I hope I am wrong but I believe that F1 will be severely damaged by this new spec - if Mercedes is not successful and pull out that will leave just 2 engines,what then?


January 12, 2013 1:37 PM

bryan. with exotic materials banned,and with the engines being only lightly stressed, development costs should not be great. the engines will be more fuel efficient than the v8s. i know that the cost of petrol is basically irrelevant, as is the lowering of co2 emmissions, but there is now a general trend in the motor industry , to downsize and to use turbos. i think that you will find merc, ferrari, mclaren all producing road cars with similar engines.

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