Ferrari has joined Mercedes, rejecting Volkswagen’s demands for further concessions for it in engine development.
Ferrari F1s is the more prestigious team and it usually has a huge say in what Liberty Media does
One of the remaining barriers to Volkswagen Group brands’ entry into F1 is the financial concessions that the German giant’s Audi and Porsche brands have demanded. What are these financial concessions? Well, with the new F1 budget cap, Audi, Porsche and Red Bull, which will also debut as new engine makers in 2022, want more dyno time and operating concessions in terms of budget to develop their engines, this Arguing that they would be the new game. Already Mercedes and Toto Wolff are against the idea, but now F1’s big Kahuna, Ferrari has joined Mercedes in backing the Volkswagen Group to voice its opinion against the demand.
Already Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes have agreed for 2026 to remove the complex MGU-H from the power unit formula, which the three manufacturers have been developing since 2010. They have also agreed to have a completely sustainable fuel and increase the electric element. In hybrid system. Basically, this means that all power unit manufacturers are starting from the beginning.
“On other resources like Dyno Hours or OpEx, I’m not quite sure [about concessions], If you are a newcomer, you have got an advantage over the fact that you are focusing only on new development whereas as current manufacturers we need to divide our efforts into current ongoing operations and what’s new Will be,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.
“I think the removal of MGU-H means it’s a new project for everyone. So it’s starting from scratch for everyone, and I don’t think they’ve been harmed. I think They’ have the skills on renewable fuels. They have the skills on electricity. I’m not quite sure they lack the competencies to challenge the existing manufacturers,” he said, underlining the concessions already granted. Huh.
Porsche’s new VP of motorsport Thomas Laudenbach indicated recently that there were positive signs for Volkswagen Group’s entry into F1, but the decision has to be made quickly. Audi has also approached McLaren about a possible sale of its iconic F1 team which has been denied. It is clear that concessions are being made, but Volkswagen is expected to be competitive immediately from the start as poor performance in F1 will tarnish the image of its premier sports car brands.
But even McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl, who ran Porsche’s Le Mans programme, is not in favor of concessions.
“My approach was always that even as a newcomer, for example when we enter Le Mans, I don’t want any concessions. Because I want to compete with competitors on a level playing field. I think you have to admit when you are into one sport or other sports it can also take time to build this competitiveness,” he said.
“At the same time, I have no doubt even with the timeline, when we see the rules come into force, whoever enters F1 has enough time and I think enough knowledge about these new manufacturers. And know that they can be in a very competitive position from the first year itself.”
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