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Whitmarsh calls for unity
Martin Whitmarsh joins the criticism alluded to by Paul Hembery over the ‘own goal’ F1 has scored over the introduction of the 2014 V6 Turbo engines. In tough economic times the sport decided to proceed down an path which doubles the cost of powertrains to teams already struggling for sponsors and money. Whitmarsh questions the worth of this to potential manufacturers when he tells Autosport,
“The overall thrust [of the regulations], downsizing, direct injection, turbocharging, those are road relevant technologies and are good. Energy recovery is good. Whether the high-speed motors that are necessary to be driven by exhaust turbines in excess of 100,000rpm are road relevant, I suspect not. They are pretty exotic.
Conceptually, it was good but we perhaps didn’t control some of the exotic aspects of it which ultimately are going to be less relevant.”
Over half of the competing teams in F1 have huge financial challenges ahead of them over the next 12 months and Whitmarsh acknowledges, “There isn’t a silver bullet here. We have got to be a bit more diligent in how we pull things together, recognise the implications and work harder at cost saving in F1.
McLaren, in recent years, has shown it’s less critical [financially] but we need to make sure that the sport is healthier than we have made it at the moment. We need to have 10 or 11 teams that can survive and have sustainable business models”.
“People have got to be more proactive, earlier on rule changes and how we develop cost-cutting in F1.”
Horner bangs drum… still…
Christian Horner is quoted by Autosprint as supporting Ferrari around the latter’s tyre test. Horner says, “Ferrari’s position is different because even thought they used an official driver (Pedro de la Rosa), they did not use a 2013 car. The two situations are not comparable,”.
One has to wonder what the purpose of the visit to Maranello was earlier this year or if it a case of ‘My enemies’ enemy is my friend’. While the rest of the world now wait for the FIA (patiently) to decide Horner is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that Mercedes have been asked to test and not them.