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FIA confident it can avoid two-tier engine performance split

Jean Todt insists it can ensure a balance of performance between two different engine concepts, but Toto Wolff doesn't believe it is possible.
Jean Todt says he is confident the FIA can ensure the proposed twin-turbo customer engine can be brought into line with the V6 Hybrid power units should they be introduced from 2017.

The FIA and FOM have together launched a tender for a manufacturer to develop an engine that can be offered at a significantly lower cost than that of the current generation V6 power units, a move that has irked the current engine manufacturers Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Honda.

Set to run to a different, much simpler specification, the proposal has been met with caution from neutral observers, with McLaren's Jenson Button saying earlier this weekend that he doesn't believe it will be possible to ensure a parity of performance between the two powerplants.

It is a view held by Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff, who believes parity will be tricky to implement, thus risking the potential for a two tier series or disagreement on both sides over whether one has an unfair advantage.

“I personally am not very keen on because I believe introducing a balance of performance in Formula One is something which is going to be very tricky to implement in the rules to get it right,” he said.

However, Todt says he has been assured by engineers that it is possible to ensure the balance of performance will be achieved, ensuring the new engine can be competitive.

“I am not an engineer, but I am surrounded by good engineers. We are optimistic that we can propose one engine that will be much cheaper -- around €6-7 million -- which will allow to have a competitive car.

“We will make sure that it is the right balance of performance and we know that we can achieve that. In the World Endurance Championship we have achieved a balance of performance. You have three manufacturers who are competing with three different engines - one with a turbocharged engine, the other one with the diesel engine and another with the hybrid engine – so it can work.”



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24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal and Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
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24.03.2017 - Free Practice 2, (L-R) Maurizio Arrivabene (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team, Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director, Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director
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Derek Warwick (GBR) FIA Steward and Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate with other FIA delegates.
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Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director.
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Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director.
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MrGray

November 01, 2015 9:47 AM

How about we leave electric to Formula-e, dump the crazy aero, call these hybrids a failure, and return to noisy, fast, fuel-guzzling F1 racing cars that don't cost as much as fighter jets?

Matt2

November 01, 2015 9:11 AM

Ofcourse they can. But with different looking cars. There is no way if they go with 2 turbos they can use that slim bodywork they use now. Not to mention they need bigger fueltank. Heat will definetly be a problem when using 2 turbos. Secondly what is the point of Ferrari, Merc, Honda and Renault ceep using engines that cost 25mil per driver when the same performance can be had with 6-7 million? Can you even imagine the storm when one of these budget engine cars starts to beat the factory entries? In my opinnion 2 tier engines will not work, when everything else is so restricted.



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