The current power unit present on the Formula 1 single-seaters includes a 1600 cc V6 engine and two electric generators to recover the kinetic energy (MGU-K) and the energy produced by the turbine exhaust gases (MGU-H) with rear-wheel drive. On the table of discussions last week, in which F1, FIA, Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Renault, Audi and Porsche took part, the possibility of adopting from the 2025 always a 1600 cc V6 engine, accompanied by an enhanced kinetic energy recovery system (MGU-K) and theelimination of MGU-H, and transform the all-wheel drive. This last point was requested by Audi and Porsche – taking up a concept already used in F1 in the 1960s by Lotus, Matra and McLaren – adding an electric motor on the front axle.
F1 and FIA: “Positive discussions on future power unit”
According to what is told by today’s edition of the Gazzetta Sportiva, Mercedes, Renault and Red Bull would be joining forces and would push to continue on the path of translation, without new experimentation. Different speech for the Ferrari, represented at the negotiating table by President John Elkann, who would be “open to any solution provided that cost containment and an increase in the hybrid are respected as criteria. So open – even on a possible change in the architecture of the heat engine – that they are even willing to freeze the 2022 engines for a further season, or until the end of 2025“. For the Milanese newspaper, Ferrari would see no reason to cling to the current power units, which have not favored other manufacturers to take the field.