Engine budgets are just a scapegoat

Engine budgets are just a scapegoat

While many in F1 continue to blame the expensive new engines for the struggles of the small teams, a look at the situation just a decade ago suggests the problem lies elsewhere, says DIETER RENCKEN

Both Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi are recognised for their sultry, sweltering atmospheric temperatures, but over the past fortnight hot air of a different type prevailed in the respective paddocks - to wit, controversy over Formula 1's 2014-on engines and their heat and energy recovery systems.

The first salvo was fired in Brazil by Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner - who this season has been (ungratefully) vocal about Renault's performance despite RBR's French partner powering his team to four title doubles in as many years plus three race wins this season.

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