The complex future of F1 engines

The complex future of F1 engines

Formula 1 faces yet another difficult situation in trying to equal engine performance while keeping all manufacturers happy and costs under control, as DIETER RENCKEN explains

Once again the emotive topic of engine (un)freezes has reared its head, so much so that last Friday, Formula 1 tsar Bernie Ecclestone called a special meeting of all team principals to discuss the question of changing the current process by which engines can be upgraded annually.

In keeping with F1's best traditions of schizophrenically complicating even the simplest tasks, the meeting was hardly straightforward. The basic thrust was to amend the (decreasing) number of "upgrade tokens" issued to engine suppliers over the seven-year life cycle of homologated power units to enable Ferrari/Renault to play catch-up with Mercedes.

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