Purple Bull has raised the potential of System 1 freezing its engine specification on the finish of subsequent 12 months.
The group, and its sister outfit AlphaTauri, can be with out an engine provider when Honda withdraws on the finish of the 2021 F1 season. They’re exploring the potential of buying Honda’s engine and persevering with to run them, however wish to keep away from the excessive value of improvement.
A freeze would permit Purple Bull to try this – and will additionally save their rivals cash. However wouldn’t it lock others into an obstacle?
System 1 has frozen its engine specification earlier than, notably within the latter years of the V8s when improvement was restricted. This got here after the present energy unit laws had been in place for a number of years, throughout which era the groups’ efficiency had converged. This created a fairly stage enjoying subject, at the very least when it comes to engine efficiency, by F1 requirements.
It additionally diminished their prices, a transfer which many would possibly now welcome once more. With out the transfer, F1 might danger shedding Purple Bull and AlphaTauri in the event that they determine in opposition to pursuing Renault or Ferrari engines (Mercedes having dominated out the potential of supplying any).
Freezing the ability unit laws would lock within the benefits and drawbacks some groups at the moment get pleasure from. Mercedes has moved a transparent step forward of the competitors, whereas Ferrari have gone backwards and are lagging properly behind.
It’s exhausting to think about this altering drastically inside 12 months, and Ferrari accepting a guidelines change which might go away them properly off the tempo for a number of seasons. Not less than till new energy unit guidelines arrive, which is at the moment slated for 2026. With a transfer to artificial fuels deliberate earlier than then, a freeze would additionally compromise the game’s drive to change into greener.
I’m not wildly keen on the concept of an influence unit specification freeze, however the thought is sensible at the very least in precept. The present guidelines have had a number of years to mature and, given the financial circumstances, pausing improvement and concentrating on the following era of expertise makes plenty of sense.
However the argument driving this transfer places me off it. Purple Bull don’t have to go down the route of taking up Honda’s engines – even when they will’t agree phrases with an engine producer, there are guidelines in place compelling certainly one of them to supply models.
Purple bull could also be mortified on the considered crawling again to Renault, who energy models they vehemently criticised following the issues they suffered in 2014-15. However F1 can’t make a guidelines change of this magnitude simply so one group can save face.
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