The F1 Committee is set to meet this coming week and discuss the new engine tender that the FIA have released. According to reports, AER and Ilmor have joined forces with an interest in responding to the tender by using one of the P60 WEC engines.
The desire for the FIA is to get a new 2.5 liter V6 engine without ERS and AER feels they have the answer. The main issue here is to reduce cost (and perhaps get an engine for Red Bull Racing) but the FIA and F1 management are keen to see the series return to faster lap times and better entertainment in 2017.
The teams may not be keen to a second engine formula in F1 but they could be overruled through a vote in the World Motor Sport Council. It remains to be seen how the current power brokers such as Mercedes and Ferrari feel about the desired changes for 2017 which include fatter tires.
Interesting bit on the tires is that Pirelli feel they can recapture at least 4 seconds of the desired lap time just through the tires as Paul Hembery said:
“Just by the tyre size change we will probably gain two seconds.
“If you then gave us a proper testing programme, probably by the tyres alone, and with a natural evolution of the current car, we can deliver four seconds, and [the teams] won’t need to do much else.
“It would be cheaper for everybody, and cheaper if they helped us do that than for everybody to redesign all the cars.”
One thing that the teams are very reluctant to do is provide a current spec car for Pirelli for fear of the intellectual property being compromised or acquired by other teams…not to mention the cost.
The last time I recall Pirelli having a Mule Car in order to test was a year-old Lotus F1 car a few years ago but that became irrelevant with the new engine regulations.
It’s interesting that Pirelli could make tires that you could hammer on for 15 laps and then experience a drop off. That alone might change some of the way F1 approaches their races through strategy alone.
Let it be said that Pirelli have always been willing to help F1 find alternative means of gaining performance whether that be 19″ wheels or fat tires etc. They would like to have a much better testing program and that’s for sure. Can you blame them?
It would be much better for Pirelli to have a full testing program with a current car so they can pound out laps and really perfect their tires.
I have a simple solution borrowed from NASCAR. Just like the team who wins the Daytona 500, they have to leave the winning car at the circuit for the remainder of the year…or at least they used to. I don’t watch the series so any of you NASCAR buffs out there who know differently, let me know.
I say the team who won the championship last year has to donate one of the cars to the Pirelli testing program. They can get it back at the end of the season. They can help with replacement parts and maintaining the car. All information gained from each test would be shared with all the teams equally.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT