“I’ll be in trouble for this”- Former Formula 1 boss advises teams to re-ignite old engines and run them on 2000 hp, opposite to FIA’s aims.
Fans and Toto Wolff are nostalgic about the old engines, which screamed better than the current V6 engines, giving a better audio experience to the viewers.
Supporting the same audio pleasure, Bernie Ecclestone advises all F1 teams to recall the old F1 engines from the archives to bring the costs down and use it for five years before heading onto future engines.
“I’ll be in trouble for this, but let’s dig out all the old normally aspirated engines,” former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone told the February edition of Motor Sport magazine.
“Everybody’s got them, the costs go right down, the noise will be back, and we can use them for five years while we sort out an engine for the future.”
Why not says Gerhard Berger
Former McLaren driver further weighs into the point of reviving the old engine of F1. When asked what the next F1 engines should be capable of, he referred to the turbo units of the 80s, which are famous for producing as much as 1500 horsepower.
“Back then we drove with 1500hp with poor safety standards,” Berger told f1-insider.com. “So why shouldn’t Formula 1 be able to drive with 2000hp today?”
Environmental aspect won’t allow
FIA has pledged to achieve carbon zero by the end of this decade, and in pursuit of that it has already supplied few barrels of it to manufacturers to experiment it with the 2021 engines.
Reviving old engines could be a step back towards that target. Though, teams like Mercedes and Red Bull have shown apprehensions over the biofuel imposition in 2021, affecting them to accomplish power unite freeze.
Therefore, FIA has to solve the resentments before going ahead with its environmental concerns.