“We are in discussions with other manufacturers”- Stefano Domenicali aspires to add more areas of power unit supply, amidst trident dominance.
Honda being the latest power unit supplier in Formula 1, is set to pull pout from the sport in 2022, but Stefano Domenicali, on the other hand, is aspiring to add more manufacturers who are keen to set a business in Formula 1.
“I think one of the biggest challenges that automotive manufacturers have today is to feel younger,” the Formula 1 boss told Sky F1’s Martin Brundle.
“There is this kind of fight between the old school of OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturers] and the new OEMs that are coming in the mobility side.
“But I think the OEMs can use the platform to get also the fresh image they maybe need for the future. What I can say is that we are in discussions with other manufacturers,” added the former Lamborghini CEO.
“For the moment, they prefer to stay still quiet, but the good news is that there are other… companies, very important companies, that are really keen to understand what is the value that they can bring home using the F1 platform
“Not only in terms of technology, in terms of also the value of what Formula 1 can bring to the automotive manufacturer.”
New regulations to define future interests
While the new different regulations are being imposed, the new engine regulations set to be introduced in 2026 will only define the cost paradigm of a power unit supply for possible investors.
“It’s not possible that the power unit in Formula 1 can cost what it is costing today,” insisted Domenicali. “I think there is a margin, a big margin on that.”
“And one of the agendas we have is that we would like to involve teams and OEMs to try and anticipate the new engine even earlier than what is expected of the regulation, and make sure these kinds of things will be part of the agenda, and I’m sure we can do it.”