F1 is a lose-lose for engine makers

F1 is a lose-lose for engine makers

Criticised for 'spoiling the show' if they win or for dissuading others if they struggle, castigated over costs but unable to break even, F1 engine manufacturers are in a painful position, says DIETER RENCKEN

Much criticism was heaped upon the Mercedes/Ferrari engine duopoly in the Formula 1 paddock (and elsewhere) for having allegedly 'destroyed' the 2015 season - with this writer being among the most vociferous critics of Ferrari's use of its historic veto for self-confessed commercial purposes, rather sporting/technical reasons, when it blocked engine cost capping.

However, while both operations conceivably stand accused of placing their respective interests first - surely the very essence of competition in a multi-million dollar global arena - by being highly selective in their (non) supplies to direct competitors, the fact remains that they are hardly culpable for F1's distinct dearth of engine suppliers.

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