Formula 1 Engine Rules Are “Completely Broken”


Stefan Johansson has called the current engine regulations “ridiculous” for not allowing enough in-season development for Renault, Honda, and Ferrari to catch the dominant, rival Mercedes team- and he’s not alone.

Mercedes’ push to the front of the F1 pack was several years coming, and the company had been rumored to be spending hundreds of millions to catch Red Bull during the 2010-2013 seasons. Despite the apparent dominance of Red Bull during those seasons, however, the championship came down to the last race as often as not. These last two years have been a very different story, with Mercedes simply crushing everyone and almost forcing Red Bull out of the sport completely with back-office dealings. Meanwhile, the current regulations prohibit Mercedes’ rivals from developing their engine during the season to help close the gap.

Ratings have suffered, F1’s sound has suffered, and F1’s fans have suffered. Now, the sport’s past engineering legends and even ex-drivers who still have a voice are complaining, too. Johansson, who raced in Formula 1 from 1980 to 1991, told Motorsport that the concept is “completely broken”.

“The real problem is this incredibly complicated engine formula that F1 has with penalties for this and that, and you’re not allowed to do any development,” Johansson said. “It continues to make no sense to me. The development ban was initially implemented to keep the cost at a sensible level, but that concept is already completely broken … it’s ridiculous to have a formula where there’s only one successful engine and the others are not permitted to do the development they obviously need to become competitive.”

I totally agree.

I’m just one guy, though- and we haven’t done much F1 coverage this year (largely due to my six month absence, but still). So, I’ll open the floor to you, dear readers. What do you think of the current F1 rules, and how do you think the engine formula should change, if at all? Let us know, in the comments!


Source | Images: Motorsport, Renault.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.