If there was an era in Formula 1 where silly season for engines was a prevalent as silly season for drivers, I’m not sure I was old enough to know it. Maybe the Ford DFV days? Mugen Honda days?
That’s where we are today though thanks to these impossibly complicated power units. You see the engine freeze (meant to reduce costs) has actually slowed the competitive arms race down so that’s good right? It’s also meant that the current domination of Mercedes is really tough to catch up with because there is only so much you can do to your engine.
Because of that, teams have all jettisoned their Renault engines and moved to Mercedes with Lotus, Williams, Force India, and now Marussia…yep, Marussia.
It seems Mercedes has had a few talks with the proverbial back markers of F1 about an engine deal (don’t ask me how they’ll pay for them) and who knows, perhaps this all has to do with the Red Bull and Renault deal?
It’s like when one key driver makes a move, all the other pieces start falling into place. Perhaps Red Bull moving to Ferrari has brought a capacity concern and Marussia is left looking for a lump? Just spit-balling here and offering pure conjecture.
It would be quite entertaining to see Marussia leap forward and battle Williams and Force India in the mid-field leaving McLaren and Sauber as the new back markers of F1.