Ross Brawn and Toto Wolff have both said that F1 doesn’t need to return to V8 or even V10 engines to excite fans.
Current plans are to ditch the current power units by 2021 with the most likey situation being a ‘Twin turbo V6 Hybrid’ without the MGU-H, as this part has caused the most problems and expenditure.
“I strongly believe that F1 stands for high technology and innovation, performance,” said Wolff.
“If you try to crawl back in time to the famous 80’s and 90’s, just because you liked it so much, it is the wrong strategy.
“The discussions we are having are really good in so far as we see what we want to keep from the current regulations.
“There has been scope for various pillars that the new engine needs to have: the cost of development needs to be under control, it needs to be high-tech, it needs to be hybrid, power-to-weight ratio needs to be better than it is now, and now we need to look at the quality of sound.
“We are looking at the variables of how we can achieve that, and in so far as everybody has been pretty much on the same path, I believe by the end of the year we can come to a close and say this is what we want to do in 2021.”
While F1’s new Motorsport managing director Ross Brawn, who is working on what the regulations will be, say’s a return to older engines needed to be put into context.
He said: “We have a lot of fans who say ‘we want to go back to normally-aspirated engines’, but then you have to ask the next question: why is that?”
“It’s because it creates more emotion with the noise and the revs.
“So can we create a hybrid engine that has that noise, has the revs and has that appeal? I think the manufacturers involved in F1 know that that is a key element.
“They need to have a successful F1. There is no point having an engineering exercise that demonstrates your technology if nobody is watching it.
“The manufacturers know there has to be a balance of relevance, but still be able to engage the passion of the fans.”