2014 Formula 1 V6 engine will make a huge reform in sport with more powerful Energy Recovery Systems swapped the leaving V8s. Current engine suppliers Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault ready for V6 battle with regulation changes.
Remi Taffin, who is the commander of Renault’s head of track operations, says that Honda’s late entry decision will allow positive and negative impact in their developments. Honda is preparing for 2015 Formula 1entry with McLaren squad.
“One could argue it’s a good advantage and one could argue it’s not,” he said.
“You have one more year to study your engine and maybe you could end up with a 2015 engine that is much more developed, but at the same time we are going to be developing the engine for 2015 – we are already working on 2015 – and it’s very similar.
“It’s just a matter of resources because they don’t have to focus on 2014 and they are fully focused on ’15. This could be an advantage because they put all their resources, money and people on ’15 whereas we have to share.”
“They will not have a car running and I can’t see that not being detrimental,” he added.
“Even if you have the best of everything back at the factory, it’s always on the car where you validate everything you have been studying through the winter and over the last three or four years.”