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.”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)