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Two engine concepts would've been madness - Lauda

  • Published on 25 Nov 2015 15:03
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1 legend Niki Lauda played a key role as a compromise was reached between the engine manufacturers and the governing FIA. That was the claim on Wednesday of Auto Motor und Sport, as the FIA confirmed reports that the 'client engine' proposal was voted down during Tuesday's Paris meeting of the F1 Commission.

"The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to power unit supply in formula one," a statement read. With FIA president Jean Todt most concerned about costs, another issue is guaranteeing supply for teams like Red Bull while Bernie Ecclestone wants simpler technology and more noise.

The FIA said the carmakers Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda will present their proposal on 15 January next year, for introduction in 2017 or 2018. But if the proposal is not satisfactory, the FIA warned on Wednesday that the idea of the 'parallel' engine rules - with Ilmor, Mecachrome, AER and another independent supplier all interested - "may be reassessed".

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport on Wednesday claimed Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, had been instrumental to the compromise deal. "It's a good solution for the sport," he said, "and the right direction. "A championship with two different engine concepts would have been madness and destroyed formula one," Lauda added.

He revealed that the engine manufacturers will begin to discuss the proposal this weekend in Abu Dhabi. (GMM)

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  • ianf1

    Posts: 185

    So, from 2017:
    Get rid of KERS - Honda's deficiency will go away, and the costs will go down. Let the engines rev higher and allow more fuel per race to make up for the KERS loss, and also to increase the noise.

    It strikes me it is the Kers that the manufacturers struggle with the most to get right. It was introduced to make F1 appear more green and politically correct, but was noticeably absent in the proposed customer engine spec. Basically a PR exercise that horribly backfired (no pun intended).

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    • Nov 25 2015 - 17:28
    • f1dave

      Posts: 782

      I agree , they could drastically reduce the use of telemetry as well.

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      • Nov 27 2015 - 04:05

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