Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey has urged the FIA to force manufacturers to supply their customer teams with engines that are identical to their own in every respect.
Speaking to The National, Newey pointed out that while some manufacturers provide their customer teams with the same hardware, their engine buyers often cannot obtain the same software and fuel as those used by the factory team.
“If you take the engines built by Mercedes or Ferrari, when they supply those engines to their customer teams, the customers don’t get the same engine – not in the software anyway,” said Newey. “The software becomes very important now.”
“So we are in this position where Mercedes have a very good, very powerful engine. Their customer teams don’t get the same specifications. So it is difficult for their customer teams to beat the Mercedes team.”
Newey believes the rules could be changed to make F1 more competitive. “The actual physical engine has to be the same, the ones supplied to the customer teams,” he said. “But it’s not just the physical hardware, it’s also the petrol and the software.”
“So the first thing you can do is to change the regulations so that customer teams have the same software and the same fuel, if they wish to, as the works team.”
Red Bull will continue to use Renault engines this year as the French manufacturer makes its return to F1 as a full constructor. Red Bull’s engine will be branded by TAG-Heuer.
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