Prost backs 'positive' engine changes

Monday 30-December-2013 11:33

Alain Prost believes the new 2014 engine regulations will see Formula One return to the "essence of the competition that we have lost a little bit."

Last year Formula One bid farewell to the 2.4-litre V8 engines as the sport is swapping to 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s with ERS.

The change has divided both the paddock and the fans with some in favour and some sorely against.

Prost, though, reckons it is the right call.

"It is a question that is very difficult to have your own judgement: it is too much, is it too far?," the four-time World Champ told Autosport when asked whether the new rules went too far.

"We come back to the essence of the competition that we have lost a little bit.

"At one stage we had four or five engine manufacturers and there was no limitation on engine/revs/power. We reached a period where it looks difficult to say who has the best engine.

"[In 2014] the best combination of chassis and engine will have the best result."

The Frenchman added that the change should see the cream rise to the top as he expects the top teams and drivers will be the ones who cope the best.

"To use this system for sure you will need to do something a bit different.

"Pushing and driving well is always going to be the same quality anyway, but maybe we are going to ask more.

"There will be a different work too, especially at the beginning because you need to understand.

"I never said to myself in the last few years 'it would be good to drive', but for 2014 I really said to myself I would have loved to participate.

"This new development is fascinating for me.

"You will find some drivers very motivated and very interested - and some much less.

"That is something new, something different, so I don't think [the regulation changes] are negative."

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