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Uncompetitive manufacturers could quit, warns Whitmarsh

Oct 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has warned engine manufacturers could quit the sport if they fall behind after the introduction of new engines regulations next year.

There has been little to separate the major manufacturers in terms of engine performance since the current V8s were introduced in 2006. But the advent of sophisticated V6 turbos with energy recovery systems next year could see some engine builders fall behind.

“I think one of the concerns for the sport is that it becomes a powertrain race,” said Whitmarsh.

“We are mindful of the fact that we currently have three and will shortly have four auto manufacturers. If one of those manufacturers doesn’t do a good enough job at the start of next year, and doesn’t have the scope by which they can become competitive, then there’s a pretty good chance they won’t be in Formula One for very long, which wouldn’t be good for the sport.”

McLaren will use Mercedes engines for the first year of the new regulations before switching to Honda power in 2015.

The rules on what can be changed on the engines will gradually become more restrictive over the coming years to reduce costs.

“There will be a phased homologation,” said Whitmarsh. “So there will be certain things that you can’t change from the outset and then at the end of the first year there will be more things you can change than in the second year, it’s a sort of phasing towards homologation.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    So who is Whitmarsh referring to? Ferrari isn’t going anywhere. Merc is on the right track with these engines and certainly have the resources to continue if they wish. Renault is the winning so much and have the most experience of the current engine suppliers with turbo hyrbids… so… Honda then?

    Whitmarsh should focus on signing Hulk and building a car that is competitive for next year rather than make vague speculations. End of story.

  2. seabassfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    ^^^ What he said.

  3. indycarseries500 - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Didn’t this already happen…BMW, Honda Toyota. Ferrari is the only constant in Formula 1 history, Mercedes has had a good run since 93. It’s just something that happens in racing F1, IndyCar, NASCAR, MotoGP, Sports Cars, etc.

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