Mercedes has achieved a feat that seems to be somewhat of a stark contrast to both Honda and Renault. Five of the six drivers using their engines are only just now going to their second engine, six races into the World Championship; Force India’s Nico Hulkenburg has already gone to his second engine of the season.
However Mercedes is choosing not capitalize on the opportunity to upgrade the power and performance on its engine for the second unit. The Silver Arrows are indeed holding back and keeping their tokens for a rainy day.
Though it is reported that reliability-centered alterations have been made to the forthcoming second round of Mercedes power units, the power output remains pegged for now- albeit at a level that is already substantially ahead of the competition.
Ferrari, Renault, and Honda are following suit, with the latter two opting to focus on pressing reliability issues.
Elsewhere in the Formula 1 world, the news that the FIA is courting bids to field a new team as early as 2016 has been making waves ever since the FIA released a report on their website Thursday night. The release highlighted sustainability concerns within the sport, which came to light after the failure of Caterham F1 last season and the rising costs of fielding an F1 team. Inviting another team to apply before June 30 to race as early as 2016, the release said,
“Having due regard for the sustainability and future success of the Formula 1 world championship, the FIA has opened a new selection process to identify a candidate team to participate in the championship from the start of the 2016 or the 2017 season,”
Any prospective team satisfying the criteria which applies before June 30th will be notified of their acceptance, or lack thereof, before September 30th. However, this would give only 6 months for a potential team to build a chassis and car before the start of the next season at the Australian Grand Prix in the spring of 2016. Many regard this a sheer impossibility, especially when considered in conjunction with the fact that only 33 days’ time was allotted between the due date of such a proposal and the aforementioned announcement.
According to many, the most obvious contender is the French ART team, who has been a serious contender in GP2 and European open-wheel formula racing. Given that the ART team operates within McLaren’s sphere of influence, the possibility exists that they may compete as a McLaren “”B-team” of sorts, should they enter a bid that is approved.
Also in the news is the prospect of another Indian Grand Prix being added to the calendar before the start of next season.
The Indian Grand Prix was removed from the calendar in 2013, as the promoters opted to freeze their five year contract three years in. However, there is now word via F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the race may be back on for next year, with Ecclestone saying to the Press Trust of India,
“We will do whatever is needed to make sure India is back. There are no added challenges to the event.
We just need the Jaypee Group to say that ‘we are happy to carry on’ and we can revive the existing contract.”