F1 car repairs taking four times longer in 2014 26 February, 2014 Repairing technical problems is taking team engineers and mechanics up to four times longer than usual in Formula 1′s new V6 turbo power unit era. Writing in sports daily Marca, Marco Canseco said the issue is so significant that a breakdown on the Saturday morning of a race weekend could mean the car is still not repaired by the time of the Qualifying hour. “Repair process [durations] have been multiplied by four,” said Canseco, referring to the multitude of breakdowns seen so far at the Jerez and Bahrain tests. “If replacing a gearbox used to take an hour, we can now be talking about four. In the case of an engine, we can be talking about seven hours,” he added. Ferrari’s Pat Fry is quoted as saying: “The cars are very complicated and it can take a while to just get in there and find the problem.” A Toro Rosso mechanic told Marca: “The problem is that with the new Power Units, everything is packaged within millimetres. “To find a faulty sensor that meant you stopped the car as a precaution can mean dismantling half the engine. Access is really complicated,” he added. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsTech Talk: Hockenheim AnalysisFRIC saga disappears with a whimperNo wings for Red Bull with new fuelFIA confirm no F1 team using FRIC in GermanyMercedes unconcerned by FRIC removalLauda wants F1 rules audit spanning past decadeMercedes to run without FRIC at HockenheimWill any team lodge FRIC protest at Hockenheim?Caterham expected to protest FRIC at HockenheimForghieri: Get rid of the ridiculous DRS farizY So, this actually cost more money instead of saving it. I believe once they get to grip with these new gen cars, it’ll be a lot faster.