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Brundle: F1 to experience 'total calamity' in early 2014

Martin Brundle: I agree with Jenson Button, big changes can only hurt Red Bull given they have such an advantage, but no doubt the usual suspects with the biggest resource will get there first.
Former racer turned Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle has said he is expecting 'total calamity' in the early part of the 2014 F1 season.

The sport will adopt new 1.6-litre turbo-charged engines next years, while teams will also make greater use of energy recovery systems as F1 looks to improve its green credentials. There are also other revisions - to things like aerodynamics - and Brundle believe this all threatens Red Bull's run of supremacy.

“I'm expecting total calamity in the early stages of 2014 and it remains to be seen if that's entertaining or confusing, but I have no doubt that these brilliant engineers and designers will master the issues sooner than later,” Brundle wrote in his most recent column on Sky Sports F1.

“I agree with Jenson Button, big changes can only hurt Red Bull given they have such an advantage, but no doubt the usual suspects with the biggest resource will get there first. I'm hoping that we won't have a three-tier Ferrari - Renault - Mercedes championship in whichever order for both power and efficiency, but it's possible.

“I've asked my trusted sources in the paddock and they just roll their eyes and throw their arms up in the air. There's a huge amount of work to do in a very short space of time.”

Brundle also warned of a crisis in the sport given a lot of the teams are struggling to balance the books: “The midfield driver market should settle down in the next week or so,” he added prior to confirmation that Pastor Maldonado will go to Lotus in 2014 and Nico Hulkenberg will re-join Force India.

“I've never seen anything like it frankly, and it doesn't bode well when the only team - Lotus - to consistently take the fight to Red Bull can't afford to chose its own driver line-up and take the best available.

“My alarm bells are going off for the general health of F1 and it needs urgent action, if not then a crisis, before it's back on track.”

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December 04, 2013 7:35 AM

When F1 has previously changed engine size (say when from 1.5Ltr to 3.0Ltr) they allowed a transitional period of a year or so where previous engines could be used. And also the turbos ran alongside normally aspirated engines. Obviously not possible in todays micro-managed sport, but at the time it did help the less well funded teams.


December 05, 2013 7:44 AM

Then and now, re the engine equivalency formula of times past, I don’t see a way that it can be used as the present rules stand. At the time of the equivalency formula the calculations were that a 1.6 litre engine turbo boosted at 2 bar (twice atmospheric pressure) it can produce the equivalent power of a 3.2 litre atmospheric engine, but that stands true only with no restrictions on RPM OR FUEL FLOW. As I have tried to explain many a time on here, (A) there is a maximum given number of BHP that can be extracted from a litre of fuel burned, (B) burning fuel at an air to fuel ratio of 14.7 parts of air to 1 part of fuel will produce the strongest combustion, the more air that can be crammed into a cylinder the more fuel that can be burned, (c) I will add to all this that the more combustions per minute (RPM) the more power that can be produced.

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