There has been a lot of criticism of the current Formula 1 power-train formula in recent months. The Mercedes dominance of the gird last year also hasn’t helped, with many teams feeling that a change is necessary in order to restore balance; Mercedes was allegedly up by 60 hp in comparison to its competitors in 2014.
When asked for comment on the current power unit formula, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene commented,
“By 2017, I would like to see cars that win over the fans, with cars that they can get closer to and that are aesthetically more appealing, maybe even producing a noise that gets your hair standing on end, like that produced by a heavy metal band. “I don’t think a simple evolution is enough in this case. Instead, a real revolution is called for with significant and radical changes.”
Much of the community has agreed that more power and better sound are in order, the latter of which being a huge concern in 2014. Arrivabnene went on to say,
“By that, I mean more power, higher speeds not necessarily involving the use of more fuel, but definitely applying a cost reduction to those components that are of little interest to the general public.”
Renault seems to be in favor of a change, which would likely happen some time beyond 2016, with Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul stating,
“Renault would not get in the way, so long as costs are kept under control… it seems too late for 2016. 2017 would be the ideal time.”
Rumor has it that Ferrari is backing the idea of a 2.2 liter twin-turbo V8, complemented by a standard KERS system and reving at 17,000 rpm; this comes by way of Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
In regard to a possible engine change, Mercedes did not seem to be opposed either, with boss Toto Wolff stating,
“Of course! That’s Formula One. But we accept the challenge even when it comes to talking about the engine. You just have to be sensible. All the engine manufacturers have expressed the wish that we keep the current architecture, because anything else would bring high development costs.”