Savings measures: more engines, fewer tires

Daniel Reinhard, Wolfgang Wilhelm
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S chuld is Cosworth. Actually, the manufacturers had voluntarily agreed to reduce the number of engines from eight to five units per season and driver for 2010. An engine would then have had to last 3,000 instead of the previous 1,900 kilometers. That would have pushed the price for customer teams like Sauber (Ferrari), ToroRosso (Ferrari), Red Bull (Renault) and Force India (Mercedes) down to five million euros.

Newcomer Cosworth vetoed. The regulations allow eight engines per driver for the 19 races again this year. Cosworth found himself unable to extend the service life of his engines to 3,000 kilometers in the short time. You have enough to do with the old rule (eight engines per driver). Since there are two more races, a mileage of over 2,000 kilometers per unit is expected. Only in 2011 does Cosworth also want to swivel in at the proposal of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault.

Savings not possible as planned

While Cosworth the price of five million euros for 16 engines per team, manufacturers are unable to lower prices under these conditions. That leaves nine million euros per team. There is also a backward movement with the transmission. The teams could not agree on a standard gearbox that will be homologated for several years. So there is a new development every season. And so the price of 1.5 million euros per season cannot be kept. Anyone who, like Sauber, has to buy their transmission externally from Ferrari pays more than the 1.5 million targeted by the FIA. The same applies to the joint venture between McLaren and Force India.

Relief should be given to Bridgestone, but the teams will not get it. On the contrary: if the Japanese only provide ten sets of tires instead of 14 from Friday to Sunday, the coordination work for the teams will be even more difficult. On Friday there will only be two sets of tires per driver, one of each compound. Either the teams save kilometers or they drive longer with old tires. Bridgestone wants to limit the maximum mileage per tire to 200 kilometers in order not to experience any nasty surprises. With full tanks, the cars weigh 770 kilograms. This puts a load on the tires by up to 30 percent more than in the previous year. From the remaining eight sentencesOn Saturday, at least 16 tires will be reserved for qualification. One set each for the first two knockout rounds, and then two more sets for the top ten final.

They want to meet Bridgestone

With The FIA ​​and Bernie Ecclestone Bridgestone want to do the move a favor so that the Japanese either postpone or reverse their exit at the end of 2010. Fewer tires means lower costs. With 19 races and 13 teams, you save 7,904 tires. The high spending has spoiled Bridgestone in Formula 1. One season costs the tire giant over 100 million euros.

There is interest from two Korean tire manufacturers in Formula 1, but from a technical point of view, getting started would be too early for both of them. You would need at least a year in advance to test. A decision about the tires will be made at a meeting on January 22nd.

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