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F1's options to define its next powertrain step

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F1's options to define its next powertrain step
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Dec 11, 2019, 1:44 PM

Though F1 cars will look very different come 2021, it will be another five years before any major change to the engine regulations is made. But should F1 stick with its current formula, become even more sustainable, or go fan-friendly?

Those who have anticipated significant change in the engine regulations for the 2021 Formula 1 season will have been left somewhat disappointed. While the aero rules have been granted a complete overhaul, the powertrain will remain largely untouched.

Furthermore, anyone hoping for fundamental change and the return of naturally-aspirated engines will also be left disappointed. Hybrid power units are in F1 to stay, and any deviation from them given their efficiency and the amount of resource put into them would be more damaging in the long run. After all, when faced with a choice between building a sustainable championship and pleasing a few people whose spectacle lenses are rose-tinted, the decision's not hard to make.

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