Engine cost alarm bells get louder

Engine cost alarm bells get louder

Amid hints that Formula 1 engine costs will double when the V6 turbos arrive in 2014, Dieter Rencken investigates a vicious circle that appears hard to resolve

One thing is certain: during the final Formula 1 test session at Barcelona last week, the emotive question of projected 2014 V6 engine pricing levels stirred up paddock sentiment, for it appears they will run at approximately double the current (V8) levels.

The topic was much discussed when Renault announced its intention to charge a targeted £17million fee per annual two-car supply, after deduction of marketing subsidies.

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