Most teams unable to afford 2014 F1 V6 turbo engines

Formula 1 logoMost current Formula 1 teams cannot afford to pay the prices being quoted by engine manufacturers for next year’s all new V6 turbo engines.

That is the claim of the German newspaper Bild, insisting that grandees Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes aside, the other seven teams are balking at the price demanded by Formula 1’s three V6 suppliers Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes.

“Even in Barcelona,” said Bild correspondent Helmut Uhl, “you could feel the strange, invisible tension.”

He wrote that, world champions and ‘works’ partner Red Bull aside, 2014 customers Williams, Caterham, Toro Rosso and even the highly competitive Lotus cannot afford to pay French supplier Renault the fee of EUR 23 million per season.

Mercedes, supplying McLaren and Force India, has reportedly lowered its price to between 18 and 20 million, while Sauber and Marussia are being asked for 15m by Ferrari.

  • McLarenfan

    This has been said all along the prices will be insane but the FIA pushed it through then asks for more money to go to the FIA as well, then just to put the boot in the FIA asks the teams why they need PAY DRIVERS???????????????????/

  • Bec

    Maybe if the teams had more sponsors, from better TV exposure, rather than less sponsors from hiding away behind pay walls, then they could afford the engines.

  • coefficientf1

    The way I see it, the manufacturers are the ones who wanted the new engine regulations in order to maintain some road relevance in the sport so they should take the hit for the development costs instead of passing it on to the teams. There is no advantage to the new engine regs to most teams, just headaches but it they are being foist upon them.

    If any teams go bust as a result of this the manufacturers must be forced to make parachute payments to save them. The grid is sparse enough without losing more teams.

  • grat

    @McLarenfan: To cut costs in F1, of course.

  • McLarenfan

    @grat: Great words strait from the FIA all in the cost cutting agenda!

  • Stewy33

    F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and here we go backwards again in both cost inflation and smaller engines. F1 needs to be immune to “greeners” that are killing the credibility and prestige of F1.

  • Apex Assassin

    F#ck the weak-assed 2014 formula. Lmp1 will be faster and that’s what I’ll be watching I guess… at least the main story won’t be substandard tyres, thank Jebus.

  • Todays F! fans are pansies

    Todyas Formula One fans are nothing but a bunch spoiled cry babies.