F1 Engine Manufacturers Push Back On 2021 Regulation Changes

Formula 1’s 2021 engine regulations were supposed to make everything simpler, bringing more parity to the grid. Now, it seems that manufacturers are starting to push back on the idea of implementing major changes.

While the FIA hoped to have a final set of regulations by the end of last month, last minute changes led to a new suggestion in favor of the current hardware package, which includes the troublesome MGU-H.

So what’s the problem? Apparently, the lack of new entrants committed to Formula 1 in 2021. Despite automakers such as Porsche being involved in discussions regarding shaping the 2021 rules, the Stuttgart-based brand has yet to make any official decisions, just like Aston Martin.

“It’s still very much out for discussion,” stated Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff. “We had a presentation that would have meant a redesign of the engine.”

“All four currently in F1 engaged OEMs would have given their preference, with an understanding that we maybe need a bit more noise, and a discussion around fuel consumption that’s important. But just for the benefit or redesigning an engine without anybody else entering doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

“So if somebody would commit to come into F1 in the way that all four of us [Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, Honda] have committed ourselves, go through the lows and highs, the expenses and investments that it needs, then let’s discuss engine regulations. But if nobody’s inside, it’s an academic discussion.”

Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner also indicated that a lack of new engine manufacturers in F1 is an issue. Moreover, Honda (which supplies sister team Toro Rosso and will power RBR from next year) is keen to keep the MGU-H, something Red Bull is in favor of, as reported by Autosport.

So, anyone hoping that the F1 landscape would be completely different come 2021 can officially start getting a bit worried. Unless new automakers throw their hats in the ring in an official capacity as engine manufacturers, the FIA may simply vote in favor of the status quo.

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  • Smith

    The plan is not quite a status quo scenario, as they are talking some changes to the current package, but it makes no sense when you are trying to cut costs, to go and do a complete re-design on a package that the 4 manufacturers have spend hundreds of million per year for the last 4 years, getting it to where it is. Why not continue to make the existing package better rather than go out and spend hundreds of millions on a re-design, with no overriding benefit to the sport. The 4 manufacturers are right on this and if Christian Horner agrees with something, then you know it must be right, because he never agrees with anyone or anything.

    • danno

      Standardizing certain components make the price of entry lower, and may not mean much more money for current manufacturers, as they revise tech every year if not 2 – 3 x per year. Will probably level the playing field as well.

  • LeStori

    I am not surprised they want to keep the MGU-H. The electrical regeneration unit is driven by the exhaust powered Turbo charger. It allows you to recharge the batteries even when you are not braking. Automotive manufatures want to use this in road cars.

  • danno

    I guess the new engine suppliers, window lickers need to put up, or shut up

  • Vassilis

    To be fair they do have a point. If there are no new committed entrants, what’s the point of revising the PU?

  • Six Thousand Times

    No new engine manufacturers, no new teams, F1 will be a long time before they reach a crisis but things ain’t ‘zactly looking up.

  • Aston has canceled it’s F1 plan, Cosworth is still shopping for team up but I doubt any manufacturer wants it, Porsche still considering it’s entry, they prefer to be engine supplier before taking over the team, either Williams or Force India, but apparently Frank Williams still want to be in control, something that Porsche don’t want.

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