Quadruple Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel believes that the turbo power units currently used at the pinnacle of the sport are too expensive and he would prefer a return to normally aspirated engine power.
Vettel told Sky, “I personally think the current power unit regulations are too expensive and it would be beneficial for all the teams and the whole sport to go back to something normally aspirated.”
Ironically Ferrari, his very own team, vetoed the proposal of an engine cap, when it was brought to the table, after teams realised the massive expense of the new engines and required gizmos.
When reminded of this Vettel responded, “What I said, and I stick to what I said is that these power units are too expensive. They have cost a lot of money already and they will keep costing a lot of money.
“Everything else that we have been trying to with changes to rules doesn’t change the key problem and I think a lot of problems that we face now goes back to the fact it was the wrong way to go.”
The German added, “It is easy now to raise your hand and admit that, but we are still stuck with what we have. I can’t change the rules, I think it is a good thing that you don’t let one driver or one person change the rules, but the way it is currently set up is probably not the best either.”
Vettel is by no means alone in thinking that the current generation of power units in F1 has been the wrong path to take. Many in the paddock feel the same, as do millions of the sport’s fans around the world.
F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has always been a critic of the formula, “This [V6] engine is good, I’m told, for the car manufacturers – although nobody can ever use that engine. But if it is and they want to use it to experiment they should use it in the World Touring Car Championship.”
But he conceded, “It’s very difficult for Mercedes, and Ferrari for that matter I suppose, to agree to change a power unit that they’ve spent a fortune developing.”