‘Liberty must convince teams of engine changes’

Date published: January 29 2020

Formula 1 PA

Looking to changing F1’s engine regulations in five years’ time, Pat Symonds says it is up to the powers-that-be to convince the teams it is for the better.

Liberty Media had initially tried to pass new rules for 2021 and do away with the complex MGU-H element.

That was meant with a stone wall.

Liberty eventually backed down with Formula 1 set to continue with the same rules in 2021.

However, both Liberty Media and technical consultant Symonds are pushing for changes come 2025 or ’26.

He reckons the FIA just have to prove to the teams that any changes will improve racing.

“What we need is the evidence to prove it,” Crash.net reports him as having said during the Autosport International Show.

“In terms of resistance to change, unfortunately everyone is resistant to change. It seems to be a natural thing. There are very few people who welcome change.

“Interestingly, successful people tend to welcome change and deal with change a lot better than others.

“With the teams, it’s a little bit different because you’ve got to remember the huge investment involved as well.

“When we were working on the 2021 regulations, I have to say that those at the front were more resistant, and those at the back were less resistant – well, not less resistant, they were fully supportive.”

Symonds is hoping the FIA and Liberty Media can collaborate with the teams over the engine rules as they did with the new aerodynamic rules for 2021.

“We’re getting a lot of cross-platform sharing, and our next big project is the 2025-2026 power unit, and what I’m trying to do with that is to see if we can get something similar going on,” he added.

“Probably within F1 – within my organisation – I don’t think we put together a group in the same way we did with aerodynamics, because it’s a very different thing.

“But I’ve spoken to a couple of the power unit manufacturers already about would they be prepared to do some cooperative research in certain areas.

“So we are seeing some sea changes not just in Formula 1 regulations, but perhaps more importantly in the way people think.”

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