Engine formulas and hidden agendas

Engine formulas and hidden agendas

Is there a hidden agenda behind the push to change the current F1 engine formula under which Mercedes reigns? DIETER RENCKEN investigates

As outlined last week, 2014 was the year of engines, with political noises from various quarters drowning out the almost whisper-quiet sound of the highest-tech power units ever produced for use in global motorsport.

Rather than being rightly feted, the jewel-like powertrains, which deliver 800bhp from 1600cc with incredible reliability, were slated by the commercial rights holder (which jibbed at their cost while banking millions), team bosses (those with the 'wrong' engines) and a world champion driver (who failed to master their intricacy).

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