Mercedes would accept changes to facilitate VW’s entry into F1

The F1 had a major new meeting Sunday at Monza on the next technical engine formula that is on track for introduction in 2026.

F1 engine manufacturers have been discussing options to make a simpler, more sustainable and cost-effective power unit, drawing interest from other manufacturers not currently in the championship.

One of the most interested parties is the Grupo VW, which had two of its brands –Audi and Porsche– represented at the last major meeting held in Austria in July.

Part of the push to simplify power units comes from the removal of the element MGU-H It is used to recover or store energy to and from the car’s turbocharger.

The boss of Mercedes F1, Toto Wolff, confirmed that the plan was to remove the MGU-H from incoming power units, saying it was a compromise Mercedes was willing to make to help bring the VW Group into the category.

But Wolff, ahead of the Monza meeting, added that there were other areas where agreement still needed to be reached.

“The MGU-H is going to be eliminated if we can find a lineup of many other points,” Wolff said.

“I think it is a commitment that, I cannot speak for anyone else, but at Mercedes we are willing to take to facilitate the entry of the Volkswagen Group.”

“But there are other issues where a compromise has to be found. And, if a compromise cannot be found, then we will probably go back to governance and have a 2026 regulation that the FIA ​​and FOM are going to present.”

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F1 is looking to strengthen its level of manufacturer involvement following Honda’s decision to leave F1 at the end of the current season.

While Red Bull will take over Honda’s intellectual property next year and supply its own engines through a startup called Red Bull Powertrains, only Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari remain on the grid as full street car makers. right.

Sustainable fuels are one of the main targets of the talks to ensure that power units meet manufacturers’ environmental requirements.

The Red Bull F1 boss, Christian Horner, has encouraged the category to take a “start from scratch” approach to incoming power units, feeling it would be the best way to attract the interest of new parts.

“I would say that any new manufacturer that comes along will obviously be interested in starting from scratch,” Horner said last July.

“You can understand that the existing manufacturers, who have invested in these engines, want to transfer the intellectual property to the new engine.”

“But of course this current engine is extremely expensive, and the way to reduce the cost, at the moment, in all the discussions that I have sat on, has not been achieved.”

“So I think it is not as easy as implementing a cost cap, because of course an engine is much more difficult to monitor when combustion is applied to many other aspects, especially if you are a team owned by a manufacturer or a manufacturer. of engines in Formula 1 “.

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