Tim Goss, the chief engineer of McLaren's MP4-25, says he feels that a move to turbo charged engines – and the return of KERS – would be the correct way for F1 to head in future.
Speaking during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes media phone in session, Goss said he felt that the sport needs to make moves to find an engine formula that provides performance, but that also makes F1 more fuel efficient.
A move to a 1.5-litre turbo engine and KERS has been mooted for 2013.
“As far as the 2013 engine is concerned, I think that Formula One does need to move on and show that it is moving in a fuel-efficiency age,” he said. “So we fully support all the moves that the Engines Working Group and FOTA are doing to push Formula One in that direction. The concept of a 2.4-litre V8 is getting a little bit dated now and I think the move to turbo-charged engines with KERS is the right thing to do.
“Obviously Formula One does need to maintain itself in terms of being at the pinnacle of motorsport and engine performance. Somehow we've got to come up with an engine formula that is associated with high performance but also with fuel efficiency and modern technology. So overall I think we're moving in the right direction and we fully support it.”
KERS could yet make a return to the grid next season, with work ongoing to bring the cost of the energy saving system down, and Goss added that the Woking-based team was fully behind a move to bring the system back into the sport.
However, he added that any decision would need to be taken soon as teams work on designing their 2011 cars.
“We fully support what FOTA and the FIA are trying to do in terms of KERS,” he said. “Certainly for using it for next season, it is getting a bit late in the day. There are a lot of people working on this. We understand the need for KERS in terms of its association with road car technology, and that it's the right thing to bring it back. So really we'll just go along with whatever FOTA and the FIA decide, as far as next year is concerned.
“We learnt an awful lot when we developed the KERS system for 2009 and Mercedes and ourselves did a particularly good job of it. But in the current environment of cost restrictions then the right thing to do is to cap the cost of KERS in some way, or it could potentially escalate and get very expensive. It certainly is realistic to reduce the cost and put the power up. A knock-on effect of that is that it's going to get a little bit bigger and heavier.
“A lot of the improvement we made to our KERS system last year was the ability to downsize the system, which then makes it easier to package on the car and gives you freedom to get the weight distribution correct. It's possible, that's for sure.”