2014 F1 rules ‘a huge technical and financial challenge’

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Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost described F1’s new rules for 2014 as a “huge challenge – both technically and economically”.

Speaking in an interview with the official Formula One website Tost said he expects engine prices to double next year for the new V6 turbo units with sophisticated Energy Recovery Units.

“We think that the costs for the power train will be 100 percent more that it is now. You have to swallow that in 2014. 2015 and 2016 will hopefully see a dramatic fall in expenses, but in 2014 you have to dig deep into your pocket.”

Tost warned that a consequence of reopening engine development could be a less competitive field. “What I worry about is whether we will see as tight a field as we have now and which has produced very interesting races,” he said. “Now we have regulations that are very tight and so technical excesses are not possible.”

He described the planned changes as “a totally new Formula One”.

“All technical philosophies of the here and now will be abandoned for something completely new. And to implement that brand new power unit into the car will be an interesting story for the engineers and will mean a completely new strategy.

“You have a turbo engine, the much stronger ERS unleashing something around 160 horsepower and then you have the limited fuel injection. To optimally combine these three factors will be the key to success.”

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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