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March 20, 2015 8:23 PM

F1 » Do Honda’s issues harm more than just McLaren?

This article tries to blur two issues into one and come to a conclusion that states the engine rules are too complex and may drive the manufactures away. As noted by several above, the new engine formula kept Renault and Mercedes and lured Honda back. VW is taking a sniff and Renault may go for a works team. Clearly the complexity has not deterred entries. One race for the McLaren with a clearly detuned engine is not a great body of information to declare failure. I fully expect they will be on par with most of the teams and possibly fighting with Williams and Ferrari by mid-season. Time will tell but certainly time is required. Are the rules too complex? For whom? For me? Yes, I would prefer the V8's but this isn't going to happen. Therefore I would next prefer 2.75 Litre V6's with no rev limits and 150 litres of fuel. Still not going to happen. Hybrid technology? Well, perhaps opening it up to allow other possibilities such as compressed air instead of batteries would be interesting


March 19, 2015 6:09 PM

F1 » Only a matter of time until Ferrari catches, says Wolff

Richard, I understand your position but culture begins at the top. I believe Horner's public statements concerning Renault and the longer term fate of Red Bull racing can only do harm to the organization. Even if the withdrawal from the sport is a bluff his statements on numerous occasions regarding Renault have almost certainly guaranteed that they will no longer have preferred status. Renault will return to competitiveness, but I think they will almost certainly now purchase Torro Rosso or Lotus and create the manufacturer team. Red Bull can switch engines all they like, they are now doomed to being a customer like all the others. I personally think Horner bears most of the responsibility for this due to his comments. A new leader might be able to rebuild the fractured relationship before it's too late.

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