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A uf Marussia and HRT will soon have a problem. In 2014 you are standing there without an engine. Your current supplier Cosworth has according to recent reports no V6 turbo ready. So Renault, Ferrari or Mercedes would have to step in. As Renault Sport managing director Jean-Francois Caubet explained to the Internet platform Motorsport-Total.com, the French have no great interest in saving the two backbench teams.

The Renault man is quoted as follows: 'Our engine costs remain the same, but there is little benefit in terms of image. Normally, we also include advertising for Renault, marketing and image in our price calculation a. But if you supply the rear teams, you have no benefit other than the price. It makes no sense for Renault to finance a small team. We explained that to Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone. '

Don't talk bad about HRT and Marussia

Excuse me? This statement cannot be surpassed in stupidity, and it damages the sport. Has Mr Caubet looked at the grid and the race results lately? It would be recommended to him. Then he would perhaps find that Marussia and Renault customer Caterham are only between two and six tenths apart in training, less in the race. If you take into account that the Renault engine is good for at least half a second because of the better drivability and that Marussia drives without KERS, then both teams are on the same level. Then why is Renault giving engines to Caterham? The image benefit is consequently no greater.

HRT is also doing Mr. Caubet an injustice. In Suzuka, Pedro de la Rosa was 3.3 seconds short of the fastest time in the first round of qualifying. Suzuka is one of the most selective routes on the calendar. The HRT pilot was 3.5 percent above the best time in a comparable qualification segment. Is that supposed to be bad? HRT spends five times less money than Red Bull. 80 people work there, at Red Bull over 500. Mr. Caubet should study a starting grid from the time when Renault entered Formula 1. In the 1970s, six seconds and more separated the first from the last on the grid. From that point of view, HRT is damn good.

I can understand if Renault would refuse to supply Marussia and HRT because they are already equipping four teams, while Mercedes and Ferrari only eachthree. But that is how it should be said instead of talking to the teams in the table cellar worse than they are. The established in Formula 1 always forget in their stupidity that it is of no use to them if you ban the little ones from the sport. Then one of the established ones will automatically come to the rear.

Formula 1 depends on three engine manufacturers

Jean-Francois Caubet's saying shows exactly the problem that Formula 1 is facing maneuvered. Formula 1 is dependent on three manufacturers. Cosworth was life insurance. The FIA ​​should never have allowed the last private manufacturer from Formula 1 to be driven out because of high costs.

When the new engine regulations were proclaimed, the FIA ​​should have asked Cosworth what price such an engine could have been built to cover costs. I can remember that Cosworth spoke of 30 million euros at the time. It is precisely this sum that the world association should have called as an upper cost limit for development. Then Cosworth would also be in business. Then the Pure project might have found funding.

Development costs three-digit million sums

In the meantime, the three manufacturers each have more than 90 million euros in the development of the V6 turbo invested. Totally exaggerated, says Mario Illien. The Swiss faced a similar task in the IndyCar series. The engine format was also changed there last winter. From the 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V8 to the 2.4 liter V6 turbo with direct injection. Only the hybrid drive is missing.

The IndyCar teams also have to manage their engines. Five engines per driver per season. As in the future in Formula 1. The engine service costs the teams $ 650,000 per driver. In Formula 1, the leasing fee for a car will likely exceed ten times.

Illien spent 20 million euros on a blank sheet of paper until the first engines were delivered. Why can't the automobile manufacturers do that? 'Because it costs 100 euros for them if they just switch on the light,' replies the Swiss engine man. 'Manufacturers work completely inefficiently. It would work equally well with a lot less effort. The problem is that one manufacturer believes the other has found something better. That's why everything is developed down to the last detail. That costs money. The fan doesn't benefit at all because he doesn't see the difference. '

The FIA ​​has brought the new engine regulations into Formula 1, with the result that only the car companies could survive. Now is the time for President Jean Todt to finally take a stand. A statement like that by Jean-Francois Caubet must not go unanswered on his part. Because it's bad for sport.


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