Ferrari’s new Technical Director James Allison believes the new V6 engine rules benefit works teams like his new employers and Mercedes.
Speaking at the launch of Ferrari’s new V6 turbo unit, the former Lotus technical boss said the chance to develop an engine and chassis together will give them an edge over their customer rivals.
“Being able to build the engine and chassis together is definitely a nice advantage,” he told reporters at Maranello.
“Other teams cannot do the same and this year, like never before, installing the new power unit in the car’s chassis will be a complex operation,” he added.
Allison is referring to customer teams such as Lotus and Red Bull who only develop the chassis and then buy engines to then install.
“I’ve got direct experience of that from my time at Lotus: it’s true the engine supplier tries to meet your demands, but it’s never the same thing as happens here, where there is a historical culture relating to a common task of defining and developing the design of the new car,” he said.
The new engines are also giving new challenges to tyre supplier Pirelli who have just wrapped up three days testing in Bahrain.
With four teams participating the test took place in private behind closed doors in the Middle East state, however the big news coming out was another high speed failure suffered by Nico Rosberg along Sakhir’s main straight.
The Mercedes driver tweeted how he needed “toilet paper” after one of his tyres exploded at near 200mph (320kph) “without warning”.
Unsurprisingly the news quickly spread on social media even after the tweet was removed and Pirelli, who initially were unwilling to comment in detail about the incident did reveal afterwards that the tyre in question was a “prototype” that had only been “tested in the laboratory” and “will not be proposed again”.
And the Italian tyre manufacturer was keen to stress that whatever the final mix of compound and construction is used in F1 next season ” the safety of the tyres which will be supplied for the next championship is not in question,” the statement insisted.
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