Why 2014 rules make F1 more relevant
The 2014 engine formula will mean a significant change for Formula 1 and, as Dieter Rencken finds out, it will also make grand prix racing's technology much more road-car relevant
With just a year remaining before Formula 1's much-vaunted 1600cc (compound) turbocharged eco-friendly power units finally hit the scene, after a particularly difficult and controversial gestation, much has happened behind the scenes. Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault are jockeying for pole position, while Craig Pollock's (im?)PURE operation counts the cost of misjudging the harsh commercial realities of playing in F1.
Although Cosworth continues to make optimistic noises, at the time of writing the operation had yet to finalise its 2013 plans, let alone receive go-ahead for any new project. Thus, much as F1 would love to have the Northamptonshire company on its 2014 grid, it appears increasingly unlikely that more than three different tappet covers will be on the grid come switchover – partnering an average of three teams each, although Renault has spoken of servicing up to six squads – unless FIA president Jean Todt's overtures to the Koreans and Volkswagen Group come to fruition.
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