According to Bild, the F1 Commission met and rejected the idea of a cheaper engine supply or B spec engine in F1…for which a tender has already been released with Mecachrome, AER & Ilmor responding.
Now I don’t read or speak German (although I can say Ich bin ein Berliner) but from what I can gather, the group decided that a compromise for cheaper hybrid engines could be reached for the 2018 season. Not sure why so long but that’s what the article says even though the tender is set for 2017. The article says that all parties agreed to work toward that goal. To simplify the rules and make the hybrids more cost effective, louder and easier for fans to understand. Somehow I suspect that the old notion that the engines are fine, we just haven’t done a good job explaining them was thrown out on the table for the cat to lick up.
No, I think fans get it now, many of them just don’t like it. That’s the issue. You can explain it until your blue but if some fans don’t like it, it doesn’t really matter how much you explain the tech. Perhaps they will have a better plan by working together for 2018? Can you handle two more years of this format? If you’re a fan of this format, you may be very excited about the news then.
Now that all seems amenable but in the meantime, we have hybrid engines and the supply of those engines costing $20+ million per year and it seems untenable according to teams like Force India and Sauber. Sauber voted agains the cheaper engine concept even though it rarely misses and opportunity to bemoan the lack of funds, outrageous costs of F1 and the new hybrid engines (with good reason mind you, they don’t have Ferrari’s budget).
Some suggest that the folks at the FIA and FOM (Formula One Management) expected this outcome and that they intend to take it to a vote in the World Motor Sport Council where they can overrule the teams with majority vote. It’s an aggressive move and it remains to be seen as to if they decide to take that tactic.
The stakes are big and no one want Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault or Honda to pack their bags and leave but perhaps this is the start of a dialog and it was prompted by a very Mosley-esque maneuver by demanding sweeping changes in order to get a compromise on a few changes that you actually wanted.
Hat Tip: Bild