Ferrari Want New Rules To Push Tech, Haug Warns Over Green Image
Scuderia Ferrari CEO Amedo Felisa has told Autocar that he believes any new adoption of rules and engines for the 2013 season, the next major change point for regulations in Formula One should aim to push technology as far as possible in order to make the sport more efficient.
The boss of Ferrari believes that the adoption of smaller turbo charged engines would be a step in the right direction for the sport, which downscaled from V10 engines to V8 ones in 2006 to much furor.
The engines to be adopted are rumoured to be 1.5litre turbo charged engines with an output of around 670-700 bhp. Felisa wants the use of Gasoline Direct Injection technology to be used, pushing the boundaries of the new technology to the forefront of the leading world motorsport event.
“If F1 has to develop something helpful for real driving conditions, then the best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI,” said Felisa. “That is what we would support.
“It is the best solution for driving efficiency and utilisation of the engine in a positive way.”
However Mercedes Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug says that Formula 1 can never be totally “green”.
“The fascinating thing about Formula 1 is it’s fast, it’s loud, it’s on the limit,” he told this week’s Autosport Magazine.
“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.
“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.”