Mercedes Agrees to Engine Downsizing in F1

The engine regulations for the 2013 season of Formula One (and onwards) are currently being discussed by the FIA officials, but Mercedes' motorsport director Norbert Haug warned that the replacing powerplants should suit the smaller teams in the series, rather than the championship's big gun manufacturers.

Meaning the Mercedes boss is actually ruling for a downsizing of the Formula One engines from 2013 onwards, as he believes the big players in the series nowadays (like Ferrari and Mercedes) should aid the independent manufacturers in the near future.

I think now we have the best teams, and it is good to have a variety of cars in the field, but we need to support the independent manufacturers to make sure that we have a bottom-up plan, rather than a top-down plan,” said Haug, according to Autosport.

We need the independent manufacturers and we need to have Ferrari. We need to find a good solution and still, Formula 1 needs to be technically driven. I'm very positive about the process and we can achieve it together,” added the German official.

Additionally, he argued that engine downsizing is something everyone should get used to in the years to come, as the Great Circus must align itself to the environmental trend set by the global automotive market.

We need to be mindful that we are building the cleanest cars we can. The engine will be downsized in 2013 because the fuel consumption has to go down, and we need to cut carbon emissions. But we must not think that a 700bhp engine is going to be the greenest car ever, because that's not great.

Although he agrees with the new path F1 needs to take in order to cut emissions or reduce fuel consumption, Haug insisted that the series should not lose its technical pedigree in the process.

We can discuss green initiatives, but Formula 1 needs to be technically driven. If you fly from Europe to Japan on a 747, you would use more fuel than an entire F1 season. We need to see the whole picture,” concluded the German official.
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