• Jun 10th 2010 at 8:29AM
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With a rapidly expanding grid and only four engine suppliers left in the series, the burden on each is getting mighty heavy. Renault only supplies its own team and Red Bull, but four teams are running under Cosworth power, three under Ferrari and another three run Mercedes engines. Those parameters are expected to change next season as Red Bull looks for alternatives to Renault engines, which have proven an unreliable liability so far this season, and have been known to be keen on Mercedes power. But at least one team principal thinks having the same engine as his main rivals would be a big mistake.

That one team principal is Ross Brawn, mastermind of numerous world championships. Thing is, Brawn's not the head of just any customer team. He runs Mercedes' own F1 effort, which runs the same engines as those that the German manufacturer supplies to both McLaren and Force India. Hardly amenable to offsetting his employers' considerable costs, Brawn has said that Mercedes should think "long and hard" before even considering supplying engines to a fourth team. And there's little doubt as to who he's referring to.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      F1 does not make sense....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Who's the fourth team he's referring to?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Red Bull. If McLaren didn't veto it, RBR would've been running Mercedes engines this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, when have Renault engines in RBR proven to be unreliable (aside from some training stories)? As far as I remember all of RBR retirements this year have been due to brake/tire failures or general driver mistakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Renault has been b*tching about being down on power for a while now, and want the FIA to allow them to change their engine so they are up to par on power (they have already been allowed to make reliabilty changes, & they've looked much better on that front). Red Bull tried to switch to Mercedes last season but McLaren vetoed it. I know the Merc engine is reputed to be the powerhouse of F1, but that doesn't mean only the teams running these engines have an advantage. Here's my argument:

      The Renault engine is widely regarded to be the most fuel efficient engine out there (the same experts who give the power nod to Mercedes gives fuel efficiency honors to Renault)... meaning Renault & Red Bull are able to run less fuel on any given weekend. Less fuel = less weight: that translates to a tenth per lap for every 2-2.5 kilos they save. Over a race distance, that theoretical tenth per lap adds up. Not to mention that less weight = less wear on items like tires & brakes, plus more flexibility to play around with ballast for optimized weight distribution. Now I'm no expert, but that sounds like an advantage to me, so here's my question: if they are allowed to make changes so there's parity on power, will other teams be allowed to make changes so there's parity on fuel consumption as well? I mean, fair is fair... right?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Ross Brawn has certainly proven himself to be one to listen to in all things F1.