A meeting of the manufacturers and the FIA this week to discuss the future of the engine technology within the sport beyond 2020 have outlined the ambitions of new regulations.
The current V6 ‘Hybrid Turbo’ engines were introduced in 2014, on the back of a raft of manufacturers leaving the sport including Toyota, Honda and BMW, before Honda returned a couple of years ago in partnership with McLaren.
Despite the leading manufacturers enjoying an advantage of replicating the technology to road cars, the complex machinery has meant that it is extremely difficult for a new entry into the series. The difficulty of Honda, starting later than Mercedes, Renault or Ferrari has shown this.
The meeting, which also included Volkswagen, defined four outcomes:
1) a desire to maintain F1 as the pinnacle of motor sport technology, and as a laboratory for developing technology that is relevant to road cars
2) striving for future power units to be powerful, while becoming simpler and less costly to develop and produce
3) improving the sound of the power units
4) a desire to allow drivers to drive harder at all times.
Talking about the initial discussions around the new regulations, FIA President Jean Todt said: “Of course, now we must sit down and work through the fine details of exactly what the 2021 power units will be – but we have begun on the right foot, and I am looking forward to working through the process to come up with the best decision for Formula One into the future.”