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Abiteboul: Standard engine parts vital to avoid cheating

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19/08/2018

As we wait (and wait and wait) on the various proposals for 2021, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has spoken of his fears for the future in terms of the engine formula.

At a time rival manufacturers are still, despite the FIA's continued assurances, scratching their heads over the obvious improvement of the Ferrari power unit, Abiteboul believes that the only way in which the governing body can ensure that everyone is 'signing from the same page' in terms of legality is to standardise more engine components.

"I don't want to create a debate here," he said, according to Motorsport.com, "but I think we need to think how we can help the FIA, regarding the enforceability of the regulations.

"I really believe that the complexity of the engine is such that I would not want to have myself to police it," he admitted. "So, I think we need to figure that out.

"I really believe that some elements of standardisation are not just useful but absolutely necessary if we want to retain some confidence between all the participants," he continued.

Revealing that his company has already made a number of suggestions aimed at assisting the FIA with its policing, the Frenchman said: "I think that, frankly, if we wanted to cheat on the current engine, we would know how to do it, and that's an issue. We are a very large corporation and we would never do such a thing like that, we can't afford the reputational risk.

"I'm not saying that anyone is cheating," he added, "but I think it'd be good to get rid of all the speculation, by doing some local and targeted standardisation, and we've put forward some proposals in relation to that."

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1. Posted by Liam III, 20/08/2018 20:07

"If you are not cheating, you are not trying hard enough. "

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2. Posted by Paolo, 20/08/2018 12:52

"Huh!

remind me which one of the current engine suppliers is not a large corporation?

so the reputational risk is the same"

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3. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 20/08/2018 9:09

"It seems everyone thinks Ferrari is cheating other than actually using the word and protesting them."

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4. Posted by C5, 20/08/2018 8:16

"Engine parity is a concept that should be relegated to the lower formulas. To me, F1 is about invention and engineering. So instead of this claptrap, make the engine rules less complicated.

Like:
1. Max tank capacity.
2. Set fuel formulation.
3. Max fuel flow through the injectors at any point.
4. Max intake and exhaust air flow.
5. Max allowed "non fuel" consumption.
6. Max hybrid system capacity.
7. Max hybrid system charging on a lap (set per track).
8. Hybrid system must be fully discharged at the start of the parade lap.
9. ...

I'm sure we need a few more, but I still believe this should be possible to do in maybe 20-25 bullets and let the best minds come up with the best concept? If things get out of hand power wise, just tighten the max allowed figures.
"

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5. Posted by GordonG47, 20/08/2018 4:35

"Formula Vee anyone?"

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6. Posted by Ro, 19/08/2018 19:43

"What absolute tosh! Thats the whole ethos of F1. technical achievements. Just get rid of the duck-farting hybrid engines."

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