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Mercedes engine boss Andy Cowell: & # 34; Our opponents know the target & # 34;

Mercedes engine manager Andy Cowell
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In 2014 the Mercedes engine was vastly superior. Can Ferrari, Renault and Honda even catch up?

C owell: The rules, physics and chemistry are the same for everyone. Therefore everyone has the same chance. I see no reason why our competitors should not succeed in building an engine that is as good as we are. Of course we don't stand still. But the further up you are in development, the flatter the curve for you to improve. On the other hand, we learned from Formula 1 engines that there are hardly any limits. With the vacuum cleaner, we believed for a long time that the speed limit was somewhere around 14,000 rpm. In the end, there were engines that managed over 20,000 rpm.

Your opponents have to catch up first before they are able to overtake Mercedes.

Cowell: Yes, but you know the goal. Thanks to the GPS measurements, they know exactly in which areas we are doing what. That is their advantage. Ferrari and Renault will aim higher than what we have presented. Honda is a bit of a stranger, but we shouldn't underestimate the capabilities of the Japanese. We will take a big step forward, but I cannot guarantee that this will be enough to be better than the competition.

There were rumors that Mercedes would be part of the season start with the old engine and move on to the evolution later.

Cowell: I assure you that we are going into the season with the 2015 engine enter. Right from the first test in Jerez, all new developments were included in the engine. We have incorporated many new ideas in the areas of combustion, internal friction and energy conversion. After the twelve days of testing, we will decide which of the changes we can launch in Melbourne with no risk to reliability. It is our goal to use the best possible engine as early as possible. If everything goes according to plan, he will also have the variable admission system on board that the rules allow for this year.

You will get some tokens for strategic reasons Reserve for later?

Cowell: We'll decide that inDepending on how reliable our engine evolution is. The new rule, according to which we can develop up to the end of the season within the framework of the 32 tokens, gives us the air to take more time for critical developments.

The competition has to approached the concept of their drive sources. Were you able to limit yourself to the detailed work?

Cowell: On the surface, many changes to our drive source can be described as evolution. With some experience in the business, I would call some of them revolutionary. You probably won't see them. 90 percent of the modifications are not visible from the outside. They were carried out on the heart inside our engine.

What was the main focus?

Cowell: It's no secret that we had some reliability issues over the last year. We had to fix that. The rule that this year only 4 instead of 5 engines are allowed per driver does not make this task any easier. The cooling of certain components played a role.

Are the 32 tokens permitted by the regulations enough to catch up on their lead?

Cowell: 32 tokens correspond to 48 percent of the engine. If you only look at the list of permitted changes in the area of ​​the combustion chamber, then two tokens are an awful lot.

The hybrid formula is only a year old, and Bernie Ecclestone is calling for a new engine format. How does that have to look like?

Cowell: I think that the current architecture easily produces 1,000 hp and more sound if we increase the flow rate . However, we should not water down the idea of ​​energy efficiency. It would be a shame if we lose sight of that goal. The technology transfer from motorsport to series production is important for Formula 1. That's why Honda came.


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