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March 20, 2015 2:04 PM

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

If you remove engine complexity the incentive for the manufacturers to remain or join goes down as they are unable to showcase the latest and greatest technology. Let's not forget it was the manufacturers that came up with the initial hybrid v6's and subsequently this drove Honda back to the sport. If you are looking for a way to even things up during the season I think that in addition to the set amount of tokens for engine development the season should be split into quarters let's say and give the manufacturers extra development tokens based on their performance in that quarter with the worst performer being credited the most tokens.


January 15, 2015 12:43 PM
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F1 » FIA considering Honda engine concessions

Just because Honda has been perceived to have had an extra years development time does not necessarily mean they automatically have a huge advantage. A large amount of engine problems were discovered during testing last season which is something Honda have not really started doing. I think that they should be allowed a few tokens of development this season, maybe not the full amount but enough to allow them to gain some sort of parity and performance with the rest of the grid. This is not a concession just for Honda but to all other potential engine manufacturers who are evaluating F1, If we stick with what we currently have any new manufacturers will have fewer and fewer tokens to spend as the years go on to try and catch up the far more developed and mature power units. To me it seems like the regulations were written with the assumption that only the current engine providers would be competing under the new regs.


January 15, 2015 3:30 PM

F1 » FIA considering Honda engine concessions

The '1 extra year of development' argument I think needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt. Honda announced their return as an engine supplier in May 2013, granted they may have started work before the announcement however all three existing suppliers had been dyno testing their power units since August 2012 with Ferrari being the last to announce they had done so.


August 29, 2014 12:59 AM

F1 » Mattiacci keen to lift F1 engine freeze

Development is not totally frozen though, if you google '2014 f1 engine tokens' the second hit is the FIA's outline on how they are controlling engine development. For 2015 teams can focus on 50% of their engine parts for development, there is a sliding scale as the years roll on reducing the amount of development manufacturers can do.

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