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Alain Prost: “2014 F1 V6 engines has reliability problems”

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574094_alain-prost-ambassadeur-de-la-marque-renault-le-25-mai-2012-a-monte-carloA four-time Formula One Drivers’ Champion Alain Prost believes that the next year engine suppliers have reliability problems early in the 2014 season of F1. The engine manufactures Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari have some reliability issues due to the difficulty of new technology and new regulations V6 engines.

Also he says that it will not happen until the opening of the season in late January, if it finally happens.

“I can say for sure that we have some reliability issues, especially at the beginning.’we will See if it only happens in winter testing, but it’s anybody’s guess right now,” said Prost in Autosport.

“In some ways that’s good, because we are in the beginning with this technology, as it happened with the turbo [in the 70s and 80s] . Everyone has to accept that, sometimes, it will be a problem. The reliability is always a problem, because you have the engine and turbo, but no electrical parts, cables and different systems.

“Though all is well, then there is the integration with the car and other aspects, such as temperature and vibration, “he added French.

In addition, the French man has insisted that it is important for F1 fans and accepting that there may be problems at first. Also long-term fans will recognize that variations in performance between different engines will be interesting, a situation that also boost the profile of the suppliers.

“We all have to accept that sometimes it will be a problem. The audience will understand that it is a new technology and is not reliable but, little by little, you will see that you get performance, reliability and fuel consumption. This situation is very good for the racing industry and for the three, or maybe four [when Hona is one in 2015] builders. Remember what the situation was in the 80s, when Renault did not have a good picture and then F1 helped them a lot. ”

Prost added that Renault is working, on time, are your new engine. And although the French have a clear idea about the overall performance of your engine by working with the dynamometer, Renault expected to yield further improvements.

“Everything is going well and on time. Everyone is very cautious about what you do and say, because it is a completely new technology. Regarding performance, more or less know where we are, so it will progress slowly “, Prost added.

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