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. Tweet Related NewsFormula 1 set for another engine revolution in 2016Horner happy to have Illien working with RenaultMercedes ready to compromise to end F1 engine disputeEngine change high on F1 meeting agendaEcclestone wants F1 to ditch new era turbo enginesFerrari and Renault set to exploit engine freeze loopholeLowe vows to improve Mercedes reliabilityForce India to use Toyota wind tunnelEngine rivals unlikely to curb Mercedes dominanceTodt: I am going to fight about the price of engines for small teams 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.