F1 engine costs could triple in 2014

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Ferrari F2012 engineIn the round-up: The new engine formula for 2014 could cost teams dearly.


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Toro Stevo on two-times Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber’s record at the track:

Webber seems to be a bit of a Monaco man, and his results would be better if not for car failure in the early years. But relative to the car he?s been in, and the results at other tracks, he?s always very competitive there.

He won there in F3000, was running best of the rest in 2003 until hydraulics failure, third in 05 with Williams (his team mate passed him by being called in a lap early), qualified second there in 2006 and was on track for another podium before car failure, qualified high (for the RB3) in 2007, finished fourth in 2008 (his best position of the year), and pole and wins in 2010 and 2012. Even in 2011, he qualified pretty close to Vettel time-wise (closer than he got most races that year). That?s why I?m not reading too much into his win at Monaco, he?s always done well there.
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58 comments on F1 engine costs could triple in 2014

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 5th June 2012, 0:25

    Just asking, but isn’t it rather obvious that the new engines would cost a lot more to the teams than current engines?

    Afterall, they’ve been running the same engines since 2007. So there’s hardly any cost in development (as it’s freezed by the rules) and all.

    For example, how much did they spend back in the days when engines were developed like the rest of the car? I bet it’s around 3 times the price they pay right now to suppliers.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 5th June 2012, 1:15

      When quite a few teams budgets are in the $80-100m range, it’ll hurt hard when they suddenly lose almost $15m.

      If HRT does survive until then, I doubt they will be in it come 2014, or even Marussia perhaps.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 5th June 2012, 2:21

      You’d have thought so. But as always, common sense is in short supply in F1. What is needed is the engine manufacturers to have freer reign on engine design, so the engines make enough of a difference that those manufacturers will be more heavily promoted by supplying engines, and therefore the positive brand image means they can justify selling to teams at a loss.

    • F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 5th June 2012, 7:48

      iirc it’s the bottom half of the engine that’s frozen. of course further work is allowed for reliability and efficiency improvements, and any extra horsepower is just a happy accident

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th June 2012, 9:53

      To me its pretty obvious it will cost more as well because the EUR 18 million that the Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari ask is not just he engine, but engine and integrate KERS/HERS systems.

      Currently the only teams that are paying those 8 million are teams not using KERS, if we add up engine and KERS system the price hike is far less dramatic (from 7+6 = 13 million to 18 million EUR.). Still its a big step up to pay another 50% extra.

  2. Harvs (@harvs) said on 5th June 2012, 0:27

    interesting about red bull and this years Monaco race… but i don’t see any team protesting as that would cause some serious negitive press for who ever protested it

    • mole (@mole) said on 5th June 2012, 0:49

      Maybe the FIA should have anonymous protests

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 5th June 2012, 7:45

      It would be interesting if “FOTA” protested. Every team would gain something but RBR. If the FIA would disqualify both cars from Bahrein and Monaco, that would put RB to 5th position, behind MCL, FER , LOT, MERC. So that four team gains a lot in an instant, you could measure it in millions of $$$. But the other teams are interesting too. Sauber would approach Williams to one point, and FI would make up leeway approaching Sauber to four points.

      The WCC table should look like something like this:
      1. MCL – 117
      2. FER – 101
      3. LOT – 100
      4. MER – 76
      5. RBR – 72
      6. WIL – 46
      7. SAU – 45
      8. SFI – 41
      9. STR – 8
      10,11,12 CAT MAR HRT – 0

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th June 2012, 9:16

        @bag0 – punishing Red Bull would be unjust; they were after all running it legally with FIA permission. If they were to strip Red Bull of their points (bearing in mind the hole probably isn’t much of a performance advantage) it would seriously harm F1’s image.

        • bag0 (@bag0) said on 5th June 2012, 10:24

          I did not say it would be just, but it is in every other teams interest, and I looked at what result it would have on the WCC standings.

          • xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 5th June 2012, 11:53

            But they don’t even have a case to protest against; it was declared legal after the races in BAH and Monaco, and a clarification just means they can’t run it anymore.

  3. DamionShadows (@damionshadows) said on 5th June 2012, 0:37

    Happy Birthday Ratboy!

    As many movies as he’s been in lately, I think people are going to get sick of seeing Chris Hemsworth everywhere. Can’t wait to see Rush though!

  4. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 5th June 2012, 1:24

    “Some are talking of price increases of 300 per cent, or from the current FOTA-negotiated V8 units at £7m/annum for a year’s supply to £20m, which would cripple all but F1′s best-funded operations.”

    i think they missed a big opportunity here. instead of genuine innovation being forged in the crucible of formula one, we’ll have the same old “cuckoo clocks” (ross brawn’s term).

  5. ivz (@ivz) said on 5th June 2012, 1:36

    Ricciardo is ALWAYS smiling! Can’t help but have a chuckle and smile when I watch his interviews lol.

    • He’s hilarious on Twitter, too. :-)

    • xeroxpt (@) said on 5th June 2012, 3:53

      It’s like if he it is talking with his friends very natural.

    • Jayfreese (@) said on 5th June 2012, 15:45

      I was in Spa this weekend for the F2.0 & F3.5 Championship Race 2, the weather was light rain but the fog and sprays made the visibity so poor! Both races have been red flagged because of massive crashes on both categories. However, Ricciardo drove the car sideways under the rain at Turn 1 and went the good and wrong way multiple times through Eau Rouge ahead of us. It was great fun as always with Ricciardo!

  6. Coanda (@ming-mong) said on 5th June 2012, 3:01

    I often run on tracks in reverse in rFactor and find some tracks more interesting and also alot more challenging… I have wondered in the past why they haven’t trailed a few tracks that’s have been typically difficult to overtake on to see how it goes… It may have spicen things up a little a caught a few teams out on setup.

    • bigwilk (@bigwilk) said on 5th June 2012, 5:10

      I thought that too until I tried it on F1 2011. No run-off would be the first issue, and the tracks have been designed to be run the way they are.
      I suppose we’d get lots of hairpins onto long straights…

      • Coanda (@ming-mong) said on 5th June 2012, 6:43

        I agree with the safety aspect and i do like fast flowing corners onto straights however I think we already have alot of tracks with hairpin type corners leading onto straights… For example: Sepang, Canada, Silverstone, Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Hungary, Belgium, India & Abu Dhabi…

        • graigchq (@graigchq) said on 5th June 2012, 8:38

          I think he was saying it’s the other way round, and all the tracks you mention are the other way round: straights leading to hairpins. If tracks are run in reverse, then we’d have hairpins leading onto straights…

          • Aussie Rod (@aussierod) said on 5th June 2012, 10:11

            Straights onto hairpins… hairpins onto straights… why don’t we just call the whole thing ’tilke’…

          • Mads (@mads) said on 5th June 2012, 10:28

            He is right those circuits does have hairpins leading onto straights in the normal racing direction.
            Canada – second to last corner onto the back straight.
            Silverstone – Luffield is pretty much leading onto the S/F straight.
            Nür – Last turn onto the main straight.
            Hockenheim – T4 leading onto the straight till T5 (albeit in reverse T4 would lead into a much longer straight)
            Hungary – Last turn onto the main straight.
            Spa – First corner to the run down to eau rouge.
            India – T3 down to T4 (though it is the same in reverse)
            Abu Dhabi – T7 to T8.
            Sepang – T15 to T1.

          • Coanda (@ming-mong) said on 5th June 2012, 12:22

            Spot on Mads.

  7. xeroxpt (@) said on 5th June 2012, 3:45

    It’s obvious that the engines would cost more development and possible change in yearly allocations for strong teams that dont oppose any issues to budget, some teams might get sponsored to use certain engines (ex:RedBull) the objective is to move foward and try to give back some of the life F1 had lost, engines should be development parts they should be relevant, the true reason behind the move is to get more exposure from F1, better publicity (no one buys a car because it has good aerodynamics) and more external back up more brands more money, especially if they can make the Americans to byte into F1 with perhaps Chevy units.

  8. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 5th June 2012, 6:36


    Here’s a picture I took of Ricciardo last Saturday.

  9. Noura said on 5th June 2012, 7:14

    Vettel will appear on “late show” with Letterman. It’s gonna be a funny episode.


  10. fractal (@fractal) said on 5th June 2012, 7:35

    @keithcollantine An increase in 300% means quadrupling (4x) instead of just tripling (3x)! … Title should be changed. :)

    • graigchq (@graigchq) said on 5th June 2012, 8:40

      because 7m to 20m is triple… it’s been explained perfectly. If there is an error its in saying the cost will INCREASE by 300%, when it will actually go up TO 300%, but as Keith is quoting somebody else, it’s their mistake, so no action needed IMHO.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th June 2012, 10:20

      @fractal On reflection perhaps that part of the quote should have been left out as I can see how it has the potential to confuse. But the headline refers to the specific values given so I’m happy with it.

  11. duncanmonza (@duncanmonza) said on 5th June 2012, 7:36

    I tired to go through Eau Rouge backwards once, my car got airborne at the top, did some flips and eventually landed at the bottom, upside-down at about 300km/h.
    Ricciardo is lucky to be alive.

  12. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 5th June 2012, 9:12

    Have a great birthday @Ratboy!

  13. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th June 2012, 9:25

    F1 needs to move away from normally-aspirated engines; if it wants to improve its environmental image and remain to be a test bed for automotive technology it needs to invest in fuel-saving technologies. KERS is a start, and it’s effectiveness will only improve (especially when the maximum power is increased to 120kW), developing turbocharging technology is another step.
    What the FIA should do in my opinion though is give the engine manufacturers more freedom in design (whilst still abiding by the fuel-flow restriction & reliability requirements) to allow for more heated competition: in my opinion the best way to increase the development pace.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th June 2012, 12:08

      @vettel1 Agreed. I’m really looking forward to these new engines and how they will change Formula 1.

      • Coanda (@ming-mong) said on 5th June 2012, 12:51


        Cap the HP & torque output & let each manufacture decide the rest… There was something nice about having 6, 10 & 12 cylinder engines kicking round at the same time.

        Id go one further & give teams more aerodynamic freedom so we could see some real innovation rather than this expensive tedious game they have to play to find loop holes within the convoluted rules. For example I think it has become rather unexciting to see continues minute tweaks to the floor & front wing end plates. All the cars are virtually clones of each other. It used to be so exciting each year to see a new car roll out to see what new innovated ideas they would bring to the table. Nowadays its all about refined evolution rather than revolution. I would allocate each team an amount of material area (on top of the monocoque) and what they choose to do design & where they chose to place that design (as long as it passes safety tests) is really up to them… If a team chooses to use all of its material area in the rear as apposed to an even balance well thats up to them. It would be really interesting to see the different approaches each technical team would take in there design.

        btw i do love modern F1 but i do feel for some of the clever engineers out there that are not really getting to show us there innovative ideas.

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th June 2012, 13:59

          @ming-mong – the days of the garagistes were the heyday of technological innovation; Lotus & Colin Chapman on a minimalist budget were beating the automotive giants of Europe. Sadly, this is no longer possible with ever tightening rules.
          There is a problem though that giving the designers freedom may cause many problems with safety and budget restrictions, and teams who have been there for a while may have an advantage due to previous experience, such as Ferrari, Williams & Mclaren (and Red Bull to an extent since they have Adrian Newey).

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 5th June 2012, 13:24

        @andrewtanner – Only thing I might miss is the noise of the V8, god they sound good!

  14. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 5th June 2012, 12:16

    What will the package of engines contain? I know it contains ERS and a certain number of engines for the season and testing but I’m curious how many they will actually get for the season to be used in the races. At the moment the allocation is 8 and I’m sure I’ve heard that this number is set to fall again, owing to supposed higher efficiency? I don’t imagine it will fall from 8 immediately in 2014…

  15. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 5th June 2012, 12:21

    They’re saying that engine costs will triple, but forgive me for saying I’m baffled as to where this extra cost comes from. Obviously, they’ll cost more, but 3x more seems improbable.

    I say this for two reasons: the first is that IndyCar has introduced an entriely new engine formula this season, but engine prices can’t have risen that much or we would have heard about it. The other is that engine development is constantly ongoing in Le Mans, yet again, engine costs aren’t spiraling to my knowledge. I know there is precious little common sense in F1, but surely…

  16. vjanik said on 5th June 2012, 16:26

    Teams will save money on fuel though, with the more fuel efficient tree hugging V6s. So after 30 seasons they’ll get their money’s worth.

    Will engine development resume after 2014, or will the new engines be homologated and frozen again? Anyone know?

  17. Dale2012 said on 5th June 2012, 23:33

    The cost of the new engine’s will be high initially but the cost will decrease as the years go on.

    Same was true with the current V8’s, Initial development cost’s were high but as the years have gone by the cost’s have gone down.

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