"Difficult to imagine" new manufacturers joining F1 - Seidl

McLaren Formula 1 team principal Andreas Seidl says it is "pretty difficult to imagine" any new entry investing the money currently required to be successful in the championship.

"Difficult to imagine" new manufacturers joining F1 - Seidl

F1 is pursuing prospective teams and engine manufacturers, with Honda the only supplier to join since the V6 turbo-hybrid engine rules were introduced in 2014.

Resource restrictions are a major part of F1's planned rules overhaul for 2021 but the engines will not be simplified to the extent first suggested.

Read Also:

Seidl, who worked at Porsche before joining McLaren this year, believes the technical aspects of the next set of engine rules will need to "make the next step of hybridisation" but also reduce costs.

"But in order to be attractive as a sport for a manufacturer to enter again, I think it's also very very important to make sure you can enter this sport with an investment which is a lot smaller compared to what you have to do now," said Seidl.

"If you want to enter this category at the moment, then the investment you have to do for the infrastructure, and the budget you have to use in order to get to the point where the established manufactures are, you have to be realistic.

"It is pretty difficult to imagine that anyone would invest that money at the moment."

Porsche built and tested an engine that would have been compatible for F1 and formed the basis of a 2021 entry had it committed to joining.

Ex-LMP1 head Seidl would not comment on that Porsche project but said that "in general it's very difficult for a new engine manufacturer to come in".

"This is why I think also that from '21 onwards it makes sense at the moment to really keep the regulations as they are," he added.

"We see at the moment already that with keeping the regulations stable all the powertrains are coming closer together.

"We simply have to wait for the next cycle of the regulations and see how the automotive industry is going, to see if there is any chance to create interest for another manufacturer to come into this sport."

F1's current quartet of engine manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda and Renault – lobbied for the current engine to retain the MGU-H, which was initially going to be scrapped to try to make the engines less complex and tempt a new entrant.

"I would try not to upset the four that are there at the moment, to find ourselves down to two, one of them being new," said Red Bull's chief engineer Paul Monaghan on how the next set of engine rules should be framed.

"A complete clean sheet of paper rather negates all the work that they've currently done.

"You don't want the new rules to be intimidating to anybody else wanting to come in, so you clearly have to strike a compromise somewhere and where that lies I wouldn't want to comment."

shares
comments
The roles Ocon, Alonso could play in F1's silly season
Previous article

The roles Ocon, Alonso could play in F1's silly season

Next article

McLaren has "the kind of package we're looking for" - Ricciardo

McLaren has "the kind of package we're looking for" - Ricciardo
Load comments
The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call Prime

The code of conduct debate prompted by the Alonso/Raikkonen marginal call

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen's clash in Austin has thrust the debate about rights and wrongs of wheel-to-wheel combat firmly into the public spotlight, prompting complaints about the Formula 1 rules process. But what can the FIA do to prevent the issue resurfacing?

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in F1 2021 battle Prime

How Ferrari gained a new edge over McLaren in F1 2021 battle

Supremacy in the McLaren vs Ferrari fight over third place in the constructors’ championship has ebbed and flowed between the two teams so far in the 2021 Formula 1 season. But for several key reasons, right now it seems the advantage has swung decisively back to the Scuderia and McLaren knows it.

Formula 1
Oct 27, 2021
The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin Prime

The details that boosted Verstappen and held back Hamilton in Austin

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon in Texas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement Prime

Why a misunderstood Kimi Raikkonen will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man Anthony Peacock explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it).

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
How Verstappen has become F1 champion material Prime

How Verstappen has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle Prime

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021