Honda and Renault are leading the push for F1 engines to have equal power outputs in 2009.
Renault’s Flavio Briatore is said to have demanded the equalisation because Renault, unlike many other teams, did not get around the ‘engine freeze’ rules to enhance its power output in 2008.
Should the FIA equalise engine power in 2009? How could it be done?
Coming only a few weeks after the Formula One Teams Association argued strongly and successfully against standard engines , it seems strange that some of those teams now wants the FIA to make all engine power outputs the same.
It seems like a very complicated proposal to me. The characteristics of an engine are not simply defined by its power output – torque and the nature of the power delivery (is it smooth and progressive or does it all come in one big lump) also play an important role. Would these have to be equalised too?
Would it even be technically possible for the FIA to monitor the different variables and ensure the teams don’t make further performance tweaks to their engines? Presumably it would have to be done by the standard ECU introduced this year.
The attraction of equalising engine power is that it would help keep the racing close. But is equalising engine performance an artificial device that contradicts the ethos of Formula 1?
Do you think the FIA should try to equalise the power of teams’ engines in 2009? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
Should F1 teams get equal engines in 2009? (Poll)
- Yes (16%)
- No (80%)
- Don't know (4%)
Total Voters: 497