The F1 Strategy Group will meet next week to discuss a few issues and one of those topics will be the possible increase in engine allotment for the season from four to five.
According to a report at AUTOSPORT, this increase in engines per season is most likely to be voted down by Williams, Ferrari, Force India and McLaren due to cost concerns. This leaves Mercedes and Red Bull (Renault-powered) in favor.
Already deep into their engine allotment, Red Bull could use a few extra engines but realistically, given Renault’s issues this season so far, the team feel like changing the regulation to five is little help as team boss Christian Horner said:
[pull_quote_center]”Whether it’s five or eight engines, it doesn’t make a difference for us,” he added. “It’s inevitable we are going to have to take eight, up to nine engines this season.”[/pull_quote_center]
Eight engines means that the team will taking some heavy penalties this season on the grid so if you were hoping for a Red Bull turnaround once the team got back to Europe, it may not be a positive outlook.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT