The FIA will hold a discussion with Engine Manufacturers on Friday to talk about the engine regulations after 2020. FIA President Jean Todt has said all engine manufacturers are welcome to attend the meeting on Friday.
The current era of the 1.6L V6 turbocharged engines were put force in 2014 and are the norm till 2020 as previously agreed by all the engine manufacturers. Friday’s meeting will not only include the current engine manufacturers but also potential engine suppliers looking to enter the sport. Audi are said to have a seat at the discussion table on Friday. After pulling out of the WEC, Audi would be looking to tip their toes in another motorsport category.
Audi are rumored to have shown interest in entering F1 by supplying engines to Sauber if the new formula seems feasible or attractive to them. They will have a say in the discussions and so will other potential engine suppliers. F1 currently has only 4 engine suppliers for the entire grid. With Honda supplying only to McLaren. This means that 18 cars are run by the same 3 engines. Bringing in some new suppliers might help make things more interesting.
Jean Todt was recently quoted saying,”If you take me through a Formula One car, I think the cars are too sophisticated, probably too high-technology. Which is not needed for the sport. It’s a very sensitive point because on one side motoring is evolving and it would be very difficult to say the pinnacle of motorsport is not following the evolution of motoring.
“I am not thinking of having an autonomous car or connected cars in Formula One. But that’s what the world is facing and what manufacturers are facing with electronics on the car and powertrains that are completely different. So we have to see how we can translate that into motorsport, and of course include that in Formula One.”
Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali will also be present, representing the VW group in the meeting on Friday. With this and some encouraging words from F1’s Managing Director of Motorsport we might see some positive changes in the engine regulations post 2020.