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Bahrain F1 Grand Prix: Newey critical of new F1

Adrian Newey has criticised the direction F1 has taken, saying it is no longer about maximum performance
Adrian Newey has criticised the direction F1 has taken, saying it “should be about man and machine performing at its maximum every single lap”.

The new V6 turbo power units feature complex energy recovery systems and are limited by a maximum fuel flow rate in an attempt to make the sport more relevant in terms of road car technology. However, Newey – who has designed all four of Red Bull's championship winning cars – believes the new regulations are flawed and are the wrong direction for the sport to be going in.

Asked how he rates the new regulations compared to previous eras of F1 he has worked in, Newey replied: “Ah well, that's a very complicated question is the truthful answer to that.

“I guess the other obvious answer to that is probably whether you have a Mercedes engine, a Ferrari engine or a Renault engine will cloud your answer to it, in truth. Such is the nature of Formula One. My opinion of it is that from a technical aspect first of all you have to question whether…the whole thing behind.

“When you get into things like batteries then an electric car is only green if it gets its power from a green source. If it gets its power from a coal-fired power station then clearly it's not green at all. A hybrid car, which is effectively what the Formula One regulations are then a lot of energy goes into manufacturing those batteries and into the cars which is why they're so expensive. And whether that then gives you a negative or a positive carbon footprint or not depends on the duty cycle of the car – how many miles does it do, is it cruising along the motorway at constant speed or stop-starting in a city. So this concept that a hybrid car is automatically green is a gross simplification.

“On top of that there are other ways, if you're going to put that cost into a car, to make it fuel efficient. You can make it lighter, you can make it more aerodynamic, both of which are things that Formula One is good at. For instance the cars are 10 per cent heavier this year, a result, directly, of the hybrid content. So I think technically, to be perfectly honest, it's slightly questionable.

“From a sporting point of view, to me, efficiency, strategy etc, economy of driving, is very well placed for sportscars, which is a slightly different way of going racing. Formula One should be about excitement. It should be about man and machine performing at its maximum every single lap.”



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seashack

April 05, 2014 1:13 PM

All the fuel saved by the new engines will NEVER be more than a fraction of all the resources used to produce these new engines. Combine that with all the planes, transports and all other resources F1 consumes and even the notion of conservation is silly. Le Mans prototypes and Sports Cars are a FAR better platform for road relevant technologies than one off, ultra light, single seater, open wheel cars made out of all carbon fiber and other ultra expensive materials. Those series and DTM are way ahead in overall technology anyway and the cars are much more similar to road cars. So whatever F1 does won't matter as much because of the direction those series are going in anyway. Please don't devalue then F1 experience anymore than you already have. EVERY aspect of F1 should have everybody in awe.... today it doesn't.

Taipan

April 05, 2014 12:43 PM

I agree with pretty much all he says. Creating things that are massively complicated, painfully expensive and rather fragile is not efficient. And when you add all of the crap that goes into battery production this is about as green and environmentally friendly as shooting polar bears. It's as daft as the smug bast**ds that run about in their Prius's believing that they're saving the planet, have they given any thought to production costs of those vehicles or the short life span they have? No they haven't because they're too busy being smug bast**ds!



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