Sooner the current turbo hybrid engine is ditched the better says Christian Horner
Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes it will be better for Formula 1 to ditch the current turbo hybrid engine as soon as possible.
Teams have been invited by FIA to a crunch meeting in Paris on where FIA will lay out its vision for future engine rules beyond 2021. A major talking point at the meeting will be of a four-wheel drive engine system. However, several teams are urging the FIA to bring new engines before 2021.
Horner hopes that simpler and more standardized version of the current engines can be introduced, but knows it won’t come soon enough.
“I’d love to see it come in next year,” he told Motorsport.com. “For me, these engines have done nothing but damage F1. They’ve done nothing to contribute to the sport.
“They’ve taken away the sound; the passion and they’ve added too much complexity.”
“They’ve become far removed from road car technology; they’re effectively turning into diesel engines in some cases.
"I can’t see anything that they’ve contributed that’s been positive. So, the sooner it goes, the better.
“Unfortunately, there’s a contract between the existing manufacturers and the FIA that guarantees the engine will be in place until 2020, and I can’t see there being sufficient motive among all the manufacturers to get rid of this technology and this power unit before 2021.”
While Horner would relish a return of standard V12 and V10 engines with the typical noisy sound of a Formula 1 car, a move away from the current V6 power unit is unrealistic.
Horner also mentioned to Motorsport.com, “I’d like to see a cheap, standard V12 engine at a 1000hp sounding fantastic – but I doubt we’re going to get that.
“I think that what’s potentially going to be presented sounds sensible. I don’t have any hard details. It seems like it’s the first significant move by Liberty about laying their stall out for the future.
"And of course that power unit is a crucial part of what F1 will be for the next 10 years, from 2021 onwards.”