Newey: Red Bull being forced out of F1

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Reading Matt Smith’s article at Reuters regarding Red Bull Racing being forced out of Formula 1, you have to put your bias aside to really get a feel for what legendary car designer Adrian Newey is saying.

You have to set aside your thoughts about how they handled their Renault relationship or how they are “whinging” about not winning and really look beyond those surface tensions to understand their point of view.

In essence, you have an engine regulation that is killing F1 with costs and frozen development causing a disparity in performance and an inability to make meaningful development gains against a single team which in this case happens to be Mercedes.

Ferrari have done the best job of closing the gap but according to James Allison, they are only half way there and need to replicate their 2015 gains in 2016 to get anywhere close to Mercedes. You have to also consider that the FIA have also locked down the aerodynamic freedom making this specification more dependent on the engine and creative aero incapable of making up the deficit that Renault, Honda or Ferrari currently have.

Given this stark reality, the FIA have refused to get involved and this leaves only two engines that can run somewhat close to each other…Mercedes and Ferrari. Neither company will supply engines to Red Bull Racing (RBR) because they fear that running the same engines will give RBR an opportunity to actually beat the works team given Newey’s genius and RBR’s resources. Newey told Baldwin:

“Within the regulations, the engines can be balanced somewhat so that there’s less of a performance disparity then there is at the moment, but the FIA has been unwilling to do this,” he said.

“We need to get back to the position where all teams have access to an engine which is there or thereabouts — if it’s a couple of percent behind then okay, but when it’s 10 percent behind it’s too big a gap,” said Newey.

“As an engineer, I’d liked to see more flexibility in the chassis regulations so that teams can find benefit through ingenuity and creativity.”

Here he is speaking to the inability to creatively work your way out of an engine deficit with aerodynamics. It has been a regulation clamp down that could be the impetus for Newey’s reduced role in RBR’s F1 program due to lack of interest.

It’s a draconian world in F1 and I do believe that series boss, Bernie Ecclestone, has been working hard on this issue to keep RBR in the sport but Newey feels that the rivals could be literally forcing them out of the sport:

“We’re possibly going to be forced out of Formula One — Mercedes and Ferrari have refused to supply us out of fear,”

He may be right. The rivals know they have a major player in RBR and their departure would leave less well-funded competition for them. RBR did just win four titles on the trot and given their resources and the genius of Newey, their rivals are right to fear the capabilities of this team given a strong engine. With a Mercedes engine, there is every chance RBR would be fighting for another title.

This also leaves a possibility of poaching which is never nice. If RBR is still unclear on what they will do in 2016, employees at the team have to think about their future and I would guess that the paddock is ripe with offers for key personnel at the team to leave due to this uncertainty. Consider what Newey’s future holds and who may interested in luring him away from a defunct F1 team.

Could this be a case of systematically using RBR’s situation, some of it self-created, to collapse the F1 racing juggernaut and loot it’s coffers? Who knows but I wouldn’t put it past anyone in F1.

Will F1 survive without RBR? I am sure it will but if I’m honest, these engines are technically speaking, amazing pieces of engineering but they are killing this sport through costs, development restrictions and a complete lack of parity.

Look at it this way, HRT, Caterham and Manor were all put in administration over these new engines and Sauber as well as Force India are clinging to life support and while we were all concerned over these engine regulations hurting the small teams, it seems the power unit now has to opportunity to kill one of the sports biggest investors and players as well as 4-time title winners. Regardless of how you feel about RBR, that’s a horrible situation for the sport to be in.

I have a lot of time for the privateers such as McLaren, Williams, Sauber, Force India and chiefly RBR because of their total investment in the series including the Austrian GP. This is a dire situation and I am gutted that we have come to this point.

Hat Tip: Reuters

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longshot

Just as an aside, if RBR/Toro Rosso go that’ll leave 18 cars on the grid. Is that sufficiently low that 3-car teams will have to be introduced – do we know that for certain? And if so, which teams will add the extra cars? There’s four talented drivers that’ll be suddenly up for grabs, I’m just wondering if there’ll be enough seats when the music stops.

But yes this situation stinks. I for one am not looking forward to seeing three Mercedes drivers on the podium throughout 2016 and beyond.

Alianora La Canta

It’s low enough that the FIA is permitted to call for and require 3rd cars from 3 specified teams with 60 days’ notice if it chooses, but high enough that it’s not forced to (the mandatory threshold is 16). Because the requirement was last reviewed in 2012 and based on competitiveness at that time, the required parties are Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. My guess is that Mercedes would pick up the Red Bull requirement unless someone manages to commit a total blooper at the wrong moment (the teams seem to think a 3rd car is a punishment due to… Read more »

longshot

Thanks for the info! So we don’t know if the 3rd cars will even be required. If not, the only available spaces on the grid will be one spot at Lotus (if they exist next year), one spot at Haas and two at Manor. And the likes of Magnussen and Vandoorne would just have to sit on the sidelines & wait…

Alianora La Canta

Red Bull is forcing itself out of F1 because it decided to egregiously and constantly berate its supplier (as opposed to politely and gently noting its shortcomings McLaren-style). It has made the other suppliers think it cannot be worked with in the “works” manner it wants, and it has already shown it is unsuited to being a customer through its poor attitude. While I believe there should be a rule forcing engine manufacturers to supply enough units between them to cover everyone, I also think that a manufacturer cannot be expected to supply a team on terms that would be… Read more »

Negative Camber

I get the point on how they handled Renault, I do, but I think that’s what Newey’s saying here. Fine, their Renault is a bit of a dog but they also locked out development and aero so he can’t even help overcome a Renault deficit. Now they are left trying to get an engine to be competitive and Ferrari nor Merc will budge.

MIE

Newey as an aerodynamics engineer is only complaining that his specialization is no longer dominant, much like when End I Ferrari stated that aerodynamics was for those who couldn’t build engines.
The dominance of one over the other has always ebbed and flowed in the sport, and the long standing teams have had to adapt to the changes accordingly.
Perhaps Jackie Stewart will come to the rescue and buy his old team back for £1, much like Ross Brawn did?

Negative Camber

He may be but the issues still makes sense to me in that if you are going to lock down the engine regs so tight with limited development while reducing aero innovation points, this makes the engine the majority of the story. It that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t see Williams running up front just 12 months on from their worst season in team history. So…there you have the issue. It’s not just him crying, “no one will let me do my aero tricks”, it’s that this is one of the few ways they could take a lesser engine and have… Read more »

MIE

The team won three races last season, and were Mercedes closest challenger. The regulations didn’t change that much between last season and this, but between them Red Bull and Renault developed less than all their opposition with the exception of Manor and McLaren. Renault were the instigator of the change to small capacity turbo engines, and Ferrari were the team to insist on a change from in line four to V6. Yes Mercedes did a better initial job with these regulations, but Ferrari are catching up and there is no reason why Honda and Renault cannot do likewise. Renault spent… Read more »

Patrick Chapman

There was a major change in the rules to the front end and ride height which essentially destroyed Red Bulls aero theory. That is why they have only just caught up again in thet department. But there is nothing that they can do about the power deficit because of the regulations. That is not right in any sport and I can’t blame them for being frustrated. Negative cambers comments and understanding of this situation is right on the money. You have to look broader than just Red Bull.

MIE

Both Mercedes and Ferrari have made significant gains this year, how is that possible if the regulations prevent it?
The problem seems to me to be the relationship between team and power unit provider breaking down to the extent that all development has stopped.

Negative Camber

There is a fine detail there that I simply do not have the timeline on. I kind of think I can recall the words getting amped up right after Renault announced they weren’t going to develop their engine this year. I may be wrong but I don’t recall harsh words in 2014 from RBR rather “we’re a team” kind of talk.

MIE

Certainly if Red Bull are to continue with Renault then the relationship needs to be repaired such that they can make best use of the development tokens in the remaining races this season. That way they can prepare for more significant upgrade over the winter.
What I don’t know is whether Renault even have any modifications on the drawing board that could be tried in the car this season. It would require the team to invest in the updates (if nothing else it would mean further grid penalties), but I suspect Renault would need a financial contribution as well.

Negative Camber

Indeed. So in effect, they are collateral damage in Renault’s performance gap and there is no way to engineer your way back up front from your in-house team due to regulations and your engine maker isn’t developing. I’d be pissed too.

longshot

Just a quick note on this – for Merc at least, they’ve been pretty clear in saying they won’t supply RBR because the bulls would be too much of a threat. I don’t think the war of words between Renault and Horner/Marko has anything to do with it. I’d say Ferrari also views the competitive angle as its main reason for refusing to supply power units. In other words, all of this would have happened at the end of 2016, even if Red Bull had said absolutely nothing in public about Renault’s engines. Imagine if Williams got too big for… Read more »

Roger Flerity

At what time has it ever been in F1 that a large number of teams are in parity? The sport has always been a blend of two or three top teams, a midfield, and an array of back-marker teams. The sport has always had a cycling of team being dominant, then falling back. The sport has always been a changing evolution of tech specifications that have set back top players, some recover, so don’t. That’s what this sport has been from day uno. Where does Red Bull come off thinking it deserves the fruits of the massive investment Mercedes and… Read more »

Negative Camber

I’m not arguing for complete parity and I doubt Adrian would either. It’s the ability to achieve parity that is now being hobbled with the engine and aero regs. Also, at what time has F1 ever been a series with teams who have no hubris? When you have the talent and resources to win, being hobbled by regulations and not your own inability to perform whether that be resources or talent, is a tough situation. This is coming from a Ferrari fan, not a RBR fan although I like their product. :) This could easily be Sauber, McLaren or Williams… Read more »

Roger Flerity

I do not hate Red Bull, that’s a tired and over-used tactic of social media in any discourse, please give that a break. The sport has lost more interesting players in the past and even greater constructors over the decades, not to mention some great drivers over the ages… Red Bull is not that unique an entity, nor does it have very deep roots. Want an alternative theory to this spate of press releases and statements orchestrated by the team and its owner? It could be positioning in preparation of defense against future legal action. Red Bull may be fabricating… Read more »

Patrick Chapman

Never before in the history of F1 have regulations prevented teams from being competative until the introduction of the hybrid PU’s. Previously if you started a season on the back foot you could catch up during the season with developement. That is no longer the case and it must change. I hope that RBR are the catalyst that brings about such a change regardless of the final outcome to themselves. The sport is very ill at the moment and it needs major surgery. What negative camber is saying makes perfect sense, just not enough people in the right places are… Read more »

Roger Flerity

Modern F1 has always had single dominant power unit makers, so the current arrangement and result is not a sign of illness, just a matter of its reality. Ford Cosworth DFV dominated 1968-74, 78, 80-81, Ferrari 75-77, 79, 82-83, 00-04, 07-08; TAG 84-85; Honda 86-91; Renault 92-97; Renault 10-13, and Mercedes 98, 09, and now 14-15. 47 years, numerous reg changes… only 6 dominant engines. Not one of these periods has there been a case of one of the non-dominant producers catching up and passed the early dominant package over the season. In most cases, when the regs allowed mid-season… Read more »

Negative Camber

I may not be doing a very good job of explaining what I am talking about. This isn’t a case of domination in the sport for me. When BMW were in the sport with Williams, it was well-known they had the best engine on the grid…they didn’t win titles. It isn’t just the engine (I I’m not patronizing you here, I know you know that) but this is not what I’m really focused on here. You are right, you’ll recall Honda, BMW and Toyota all leaving at the same time. Did it kill F1? Of course not and they, collectively,… Read more »

Paul KieferJr

“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the Earth!? Declare, if thou hast understanding!” Book of Job, Chapter 38, Verse 4, KJV

Paul KieferJr

It’s a conspiracy, I tell ya! The inmates are running the asylum!
The only way to settle this is to separate the works from the privateers and put them each in their own class (“Formula 1-W vs. Formula 1-P”). All the works teams are fighting for supremacy and any privateer that threatens them end up with cement overshoes. [/silly-mafia-conspiracy]

Abhishek

You have to feel for Renault, even in hindsight (after so many years) when an article is written to describe the golden years of RedBull, its always about the genius of Newey and not a single word about Renault’s engine and its drivability. We all know there was an aero era when RB and Newey won everything and rest of F1 teams had to live with the fact that they didn’t have the genius of Newey and now is the Engine era, where Mercedes is the name to reckon with and the rest of F1 has to up their game… Read more »

nightryder21

Difference being that engine regulations are holding engine manufacturers back. Rules are keeping Mercedes in front. Not to mention they had a two year head start developing the their engine before teams even knew there was going to be an engine change. Complete bullshit.

Negative Camber

I agree.They are really kicking the sport in the shin. Briatore agrees with me to so there’s that. And he wears a mankini!

Abhishek

Yes the rules are hurting, but then why do the smartest in F1 signup for them and crib later ? This is something that just baffles me ! No wonder Adam Parr…was asked to leave, he was making to much sense in all the chaos!

Negative Camber

I think most of us recognize the brilliance of Renault, Keep in mind that this plucky little Lotus team is still innovating or at least was, some very big things in F1. When the team was Renault, it won titles so I certainly have a huge amount of respect for them. I didn’t like their threat to leave if F1 didn’t move toward hybrid engines but that is neither here nor there.

Hayden

However Lotus at the first sign of Renault engines being dodgy in 2014 broke a multi year deal to sign up with Merc engines for 3 years.
Where was the backlash against Lotus like there is against Red Bull now.

MIE

Lotus weren’t left without a power unit, they had acted a supply from Mercedes. If Red Bull had done the same there wouldn’t be the story now. As it is, Red Bull appeared to believe that they would get a choice of power units, with Mercedes and Ferrari fighting to supply the team. The reality has been somewhat different. Given the way Renault were criticized even while the team were winning, it could be an understandable response from the manufacturers.

pmr

That’s not entirely correct. Toto Wolf said (somewhere in the beginning of summer) that they would not enter negotiations with RBR until the tied up things with their current engine supplier. This was due to Mercedes doing Business with Renault outside of F1 and they didn’t want there to be any bad blood. So RDR terminated the contract with Renault, after which Mercedes said ‘No way you’re getting our engines’. Thats just dirty tactics.

The Sarcastic SOB

Actually I’ve read in other places that it’s not been officially terminated, just that they’ve all “agreed” to do it.

Junipero Mariano

Is this the end for Red Bull in F1. It seems to be a real possibility, at least for team ownership. Is this the end for Milton Keynes and Faenza? It doesn’t have to be. We saw it happen with Honda/Brawn/Mercedes. It will probably happen for those teams too.

Junipero Mariano

I think has been missing from this whole discourse has been a measured response from Red Bull in this matter. They’re completely justified in being frustrated with their situation. If they voiced their opinion with some decorum, Renault wouldn’t feel so disenchanted and they’d have an engine for next year, even if RB decided to go with someone else. If in the end, Mr. Mate shout could go to Bernie and Jean stated he would sell the teams because of such and such reasons, and they could take it or leave it. Instead they seem to be telegraphing, “hey I… Read more »

longshot

I guess Toro Rosso could be sold as at least they have an (old spec) engine offer from Ferrari and hence could make the grid, even though they’ll likely be running toward the back.

RBR’s another story – they have no engine, so who would want to buy them? I think only Renault could do so (which would likely mean that Lotus goes bankrupt), but would Mateschitz sell to Renault? I seriously doubt it.

hayden

Year old engines are not allowed at the moment.
Appendix 4 of the technical regulations was tightened up to keep all teams on equal footing, but it is understood the plan is to revise it once more.

longshot

You’re right, and furthermore the FIA have just now ruled out the use of old-spec engines for 2015…

http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/10028097/fia-rule-customer-power-units-to-be-same-specification-works-team

So its Renault or bust, for both RB teams.

oregonwings

I can’t help but agree in that it is the regulations and lack of development that has caused so much grief for (insert team without a Merc engine here). Any team that misses the mark is then locked in with very limited ability to make significant changes and be competitive. I feel for Renault because it isn’t completely their fault that they have a lump of an engine due to the regs that don’t allow much future development. That said, RBR was also quiet for the first season the new engines were introduced even though they performed so dreadfully. It… Read more »

Negative Camber

That’s the point I am trying to make and perhaps you’ve done a better job than I at making it. RBR didn’t complain in the 5 years it took to get to to winning ways and they didn’t complain last year but Renault decided to not spend tokens this year (initially) and that was when RBR started to ask why? They also can’t use their main brain in discovering a way to overcome their engine deficiency and remain competitive to justify the expense. Honestly, I understand it and I’m a Ferrari fan. :)

F1Racer

Red Bull made their own bed and now they have to lie in it. It’s that simple.

Negative Camber

I understand but I can’t agree with it being that simple. There is a bigger under tow here.

F1Racer

You mean undertone? Of course there is. 4 cars are likely to go missing from the grid and why ? Because Red Bull could not stand not to be winning. Their attitude has always seemed to be that they have a right to win, more than others perhaps. Their 4 years of incredible success has gone to their heads and now that they are not at the top, they can’t handle it. Even Newey said that it shouldn’t be allowed to let Red Bull just make up the numbers. Well why can’t that be said of any team ? None… Read more »

Negative Camber

Alright, I really do understand the nuance of the behavior or hubris and the bravado etc. I really do get that. However, when you say they act like they have a right to win, I would just add that was this the impression you got from them in 2005? 2007? 2009? What about the five years they struggled to get their program successful? having spent what they spent to reach the top step and continue to invest in not only the team but the sport as a whole, I think you do get some license to expect to be sitting… Read more »

Tom Firth

Weighing in here, I know but the way the entire team reacted seem to shift from really the end of 2008. I’m not saying that between 2005 and 2009. Red Bull didn’t have serious intentions of being competitive, that was proved by hiring Adrian Newey among other moves by the management, but the marketing image of Red Bull Racing was the cool, fun anti F1 establishment, new kid on the block image. Taking alot of inspiration from Jordan Grand Prix with a “Red Bull” brand spin on it. Movie tie ins at Grand Prixs, launch of Red Bulletin, the season… Read more »

Negative Camber

RB is a flamboyant and extreme sport brand. It’s their gig. Is it that some folks just don’t like their brand and approach that is really adding to this critique of them and joy of their current situation?

Tom Firth

Yes, are a flamboyant and extreme sport brand, but not in the same way displayed it in the early years, seems to be quite the culture clash between championship winning motor racing team and Red Bull’s flamboyant nature recently.

I don’t know, a fair few people don’t like Red Bull, that’s clear but I don’t think it impacts the current situation on whether people like Brand Red Bull or not. What does impact is the attitude from the team to it’s partners as cited by many.

Negative Camber

When Max was in the FIA, he was very keen to protect the privateer…almost to the point of being very abrasive to manufacturers. It’s understandable if you go back to FISA/FOCA war to see why. Now, it seems that the series needs all the big manufacturer money investment it can get and privateers are not a major concern. Max always knew you needed both because car makers come and go at the whim of the board. Toyota, BMW and Honda all left at the same time. That’s what makes RBR such a unique player. They spend like a manufacturer but… Read more »

Tom Firth

For all the things Max was criticised for, he was right about that entirely and RBR are unique in that sense I agree.

Seen it many a time in many different series where manufacturers have left the series as a shadow of its former self and not all series have recovered.

B52RockLobster

Red bull didn’t make their own bed. Renault and the regulations made it for them and tied them down to it. Their trashing of Renault this season is just a symptom of the problem. It’s nice for Mercedes that there’s still 8 teams in F1 that are willing to be charity cases while they dominate F1 in a manner that hasn’t been seen for over 2 decades. Red Bull never dominated this badly, so it’s very confusing why F1 fans seem to hate them so much. 2 of Vettel’s 4 DWC’s were won by a collective 8 points. It’s very… Read more »

F1Racer

“Red bull didn’t make their own bed.” Actually they did. The same rules, rightly or wrongly, apply to everyone. But with Red Bull, they aired their dirty laundry in public and told the world what they thought of Renault. That closed that door for them. Maybe they thought they were so important that they were bound to be given an engine by someone. That they were so important to the sport that someone (like Bernie) would make it happen for them. Well, they calculate that wrong too. And now they are faced with no engine deal and the clock is… Read more »

DRS_Matt

~~~You have to set aside your thoughts about how they handled their Renault relationship or how they are “whinging” about not winning and really look beyond those surface tensions to understand their point of view.~~~

No i dont.

Negative Camber

You don’t have to, I guess, but it helps when we’re trying to see the bigger picture here. :)

peterriva

Every time i heard rbr complaining it seemed tp me to have the edge of desperation, not pique. I think they knew that their time in F1 was in peril. It was never about punishing Renault, but sheer desperation.
Perhaps they had started 2015 hoping Honda would step up, but as soon as Honda seemed to falter, their desperation grew indirect ratio to Hondas failures.

longshot

I don’t think Honda was ever an option for RBR, as Ron Dennis wants a monopoly on those engines as the “works team” and would veto any thought of supplying someone else. Also Honda themselves have said its too early in their development to think of ramping up to supply extra teams.

Negative Camber

IF memory serves, Honda said they would be interested in supplying another team, just not in the beginning. To your point, I assume that means Ron has a 1-3 year exclusive maybe?

longshot

Its possible he does, but I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about the details of their relationship. I do imagine that Ron would be rather upset if Honda started to talk to the likes of RBR, especially after McLaren took such a risk in re-establishing their old relationship with Honda and went through all that pain this year in order to become the works team.

Negative Camber

No doubt he wouldn’t be happy about that for sure.

Tom Firth

As far as I’m aware, Honda could supply if required other teams in 2016, but is concentrating resources on Mclaren. I don’t think the exclusivity extended through 2016, but effectively has out of need, rather than contract.

Not sure though, as lots of conflicting stories when the partnership was formed as to exactly the length, or what was exclusive.

Mr. Obvious

You know, Bernie and Jean Todt could invoke the nuclear option here by removing (or greatly reducing) the engine development and testing restrictions. Easing up on the aero regs wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Something tells me that upending the balance of power like that would have all the teams scrambling to make new alliances and “technical partnerships”. — And the mere threat of such a thing would likely bring everyone back to the table for a regulatory redux. In fact, the more I think about it, if Bernie’s options are to lose four cars from the grid and… Read more »

longshot

The thought of Todt having the backbone to invoke a “nuclear option” … heh, sorry I don’t see it happening, much as I wish it would.

longshot

On reflection I think the situation with Red Bull is just another symptom of the serious problems faced by F1. Firstly there’s the way the sport’s governed. You have Bernie shoving his oar in, but frustrated that he hasn’t the power to actually push through changes. There’s the Todt FIA which has seemingly backed away and abrogated all responsibility for F1, only agreeing to rubber-stamp changes if there’s unanimous support from all the stakeholders. CVC could improve matters, especially regarding the viability of the small privateer teams (which they promised to do last year) but like Todt they’ve stood back… Read more »

MaccaBoy

Absolutely sensational points, and I agree that it is now the best time to create a series to eat F1s lunch!

MaccaBoy

Well, Todd, while I agree with your points, I honestly don’t think you can just put aside Red Bull’s attitude. And I am not talking about their attitude for the last 18 months, I am talking about their attitude from even before they started winning. You see, F1 is full of ruthless, greedy people. Just as a lot of fans like to think that “if a driver is not ruthless he will never be a champion”, there seems to be the same leniency for the people in charge of the sport and the teams. Over the years there have always… Read more »

Negative Camber

I understand, I really do. I also agree they should have been patient but one thing I know is that the full picture is not available to us in this relationship. Also, I tend to think there are two layers of this story. The first is in regards to their handling of the situation and the hubris that some people don’t like. That’s perfectly understandable. The second is the regulatory nightmare they are in as a privateer with a power unit that everyone else dumped except them and no way to remedy the situation because there are only two competitive… Read more »

jcn115

NC, agree with your points. We I have discussions with friends and they mention how rude RBR was to Renault, I asked them “if you buy a product and it doesn’t work do you stay quiet? No you will complain and even write a bad review on some website.” This is the same situation with RBR, they were patient last year and the beginning of this year, but if I’m not mistaken Renault has not spent a single token to improve the engine and when you are a customer dropping over $30 million for engines that won’t perform, I’ll be… Read more »

Patrick Chapman

@Negative Camber. This is an excellent article that has generated very lively and mostly intelligent discussion from the fans of your site. This is what makes it interesting to visit your site. More thought provoking articles like this please. Congratulations and well done.

Negative Camber

Thanks mate. Just trying to have a congenial discussion on this because I do think there is a layer of the story here that is much bigger than RBR and it could impact privateers in a major way. I am a strong supporter of the privateer. :)

Tom Firth

It’s an interesting point you make on the privateer, because the privateer doesn’t seem to be of the greatest importance in FIA land right now, and that’s not just F1.

WEC’s top class is highly aligned for Manufacturers, rather than privateers, F1 is looking at Manufacturers as the power in the sport again, WTCC is entirely focused on manufacturer backed programmes as is WRC.

Schmorbraten

I’m still trying to understand how, in a competition which is supposed to take place on a fair and level playing ground and can therefore rightly be called a sport, the engine manufacturers are allowed to offer different specs to different teams, as per the manufacturers’ wishes, or offer no engines at all to certain teams to protect their respective works teams. Why don’t they also allow Pirelli to give better tyres to the team of their choice? Why don’t they allow Mercedes a lower car weight than other teams because they’re already winning? Unfair money distribution, unfair engine supplies,… Read more »

MIE

If there was a tyre war then the different tyre manufacturers would develop their products for a specific team or even driver. It doesn’t happen now because the tyres are under a sole source agreement.

Meine Postma

Always nice being patronized by NC ;-)

So setting aside my biases about Red Bully and looking beyond shallow surfaces, I hope I will be able to read the article, and form an opinion based on it’s content and not my shallow feelings and knowledge.

But firstly, I’m going to read this article beyond the first paragraph,

Negative Camber

I’m not trying to patronize, just setting the stage for how I approached the article. I could easily say that RBr have been petulant and thrown the toys from the pram but when I started looking at this, I had to take off my Ferrari hat and my RBR are whiners hat and start looking beyond the surface. No patronizing intended, I’m as guilty as anyone else on this matter.

Meine Postma

I stand corrected sir,

The Sarcastic SOB

WHy does everyone assume that removing the development restrictions would equalize the engines??
Do you not think that the engine team that Mercedes built would be able to keep up? I think they’d just take off and leave everyone in the dust!