Mercedes has disclosed that had Formula 1 stayed with loud V8 engines beyond 2013 it would have surely quit the race.
It was considered that Renault was the important driving impact behind the new yet disputable turbo V6 regulations. But Dr Thomas Weber, Daimer board member said that Mercedes was also pretty interested to see the sport drive into the future. He said that, the old V8 rules had become “hard to explain” amidst the current tendency for “downsizing” and fuel competency in the road car market. He admitted having hard discussions with Mercedes about the old regulations to be changed.
After the setting up of the new rules it’s been easy to convince the decision-making board that Formula 1 has become pertinent and worth the investment.
Mr. Weber clarified that the recent statements of the rules being too complicated were “stupid” and that it was all done because a sound future demands quiet engines.
“Of course we can look if there is a little bit more (volume) possible,” said Weber.
“But in the meantime all the road cars are going for turbos, downsizing, so even a Porsche now sounds similar. So people learn it. That’s easy.”