7. New engines clash
Since 2014, the V6 hybrid turbo engines have been criticised a lot. Fans, manufacturers and even pundits called for a change of scenario. There was a lot of optimism when parties to the strategic meeting agreed on a simpler, cheaper and better sounding engine for 2021 onwards. The participatory to the meeting boasted of big names like Aston Martin, Porsche, Cosworth etc.
The new engine regulations retained the V6 turbo elements for road relevance and costs purposes. In a bid for simplification and cost reduction, a bigger emphasis is on standardization. The most troublesome component, the MGU-H, was removed.
While the newer participants gave a thumbs up to the new regulations and called it encouraging. The existing ones, however, have decided to throw their toys out of the pram. Mercedes and Renault questioned the new regulations citing the reason that it’ll start a cost war.
Ferrari, on the other hand, went a step further and issued a quit threat. What’s more disappointing is that Mercedes has also joined Ferrari. The German marque has also given a somewhat quit threat to the new owners.
It’s really disappointing to see the established players acting this way. The engine saga is expected to roll on for quite a long duration. And till the time it does, it’ll be one the most disappointing Formula 1 moments not only for this year but also the next year.