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Concern with F1 engine suppliers: Sixth engine in more than 20 races

Concern with F1 engine suppliers
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B ernie Ecclestone has put 22 races in the calendar , which will be presented on Friday (27.9.2013) at the FIA ​​World Council meeting. Probably only 20 of them will take place. India is already outside, Korea is threatened with acute financial death, and investors still have to be found in New Jersey.

The teams will not allow the Formula 1 boss to run more than 20 races. Unless they get more money. But Ecclestone is known to like to be deaf. There are also still problems to weave in the New Jersey date. As things stand, Monte Carlo, New Jersey and Montreal should take place on three consecutive weekends.

FIA is talking about sixth engine

Worrying about staff is one thing. The employees at the front are completely burned out after 20 races. There is much greater concern about the engines. Each driver only has five drive units available per year. Any additional kit beyond the contingent will be punished with a penalty on the starting grid.

Five starting places per component, 20 for the whole unit. With just 20 races it is a Herculean task to make ends meet with five engines, turbochargers, generators, control units and batteries. 22 would be overkill for some. FIA race director Charlie Whiting reassures: 'If there are 22 races, we'll let us talk about a sixth engine per driver.'

Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff, on the other hand, doesn't see any major problems: 'We have to Be careful increasing the number of races and find a good balance. But at least as far as the mileage of the engines is concerned, one more race would not mean a bottleneck for us. '

Additional motors increase costs

But there is still one problem. Each additional engine would drive up the leasing rates for the engines, which are already between 15 and 20 million euros. Two million per engine. What madness when you consider that the cost price of a current Cosworth eight-cylinder is 61,000 euros.

While Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes have no interest in saving, the rest are groaning at ever higher costs. This also applies to the eight additional test days in the 2014 season, plus maybe four tire tests.

At least one drive unit is required for the additional test days. Maybe even two.As another two to four million extra. 'Every kilometer now costs 800 euros,' says Force India team manager Andy Stevenson. 'Many of us can no longer afford these days of testing.'


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