Head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff has ruled out the possibility of returning to the use of atmospheric engines in Formula 1.
The transition to hybrid propulsion in 2014 has caused a large amount of criticism, including from the former Executive Director of Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone. Many still call for the return of naturally-aspirated V8, but, according to Wolff, it’s impossible.
“No, because the Formula 1 – high technology, – quotes Wolff Motorsport-Total. – Yes, it is primarily the struggle of the racers. But many of the solutions that have emerged in our League, continued to be used in the automotive industry.
Formula 1 – the fastest lab in the world, and we don’t have to give it up. We can make hybrid engines more powerful, and cars. If it means that in 10-15 years will have to switch to fully electric motors because they are the most powerful, so you’ll have to do that”.
About the possibility of continuing the discussions on the regulations on the motors, the wolf said, “We can discuss this as long as we have a long-term view of the situation. It is impossible to make decisions, and to call them obsolete. It will not benefit us or other teams.
Of course, the discussion related primarily to the engine after 2020. Do we need more power, sound or even should switch to electric motors? We have to discuss what best corresponds to the image of Formula 1. First you need to create a long-term plan”.
One of the main problems of hybrid power systems is the low sound. One of the possible solutions is to use the amplifier, but God disagree.
“It will not be Formula 1, – said the Austrian. The error lies in the fact that the introduction of hybrid power systems engineers did not take into account the volume of the sound. We must prevent its recurrence”.
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