F1 should have done more to reduce 2014 engine costs – Whitmarsh

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McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Formula One should have gone further when defining the specification of the 2014 engines to ensure costs did not spiral out of control.

F1’s smallest teams have warned that engine costs could soar to $30 million for a single season from next year due to the introduction of new V6 engines featuring sophisticated energy recovery systems.

Whitmarsh told Autosport that “the overall thrust” of the regulations had been correct. “Downsizing, direct injection, turbocharging, those are road relevant technologies and are good. Energy recovery is good.”

“Whether the high-speed motors that are necessary to be driven by exhaust turbines in excess of 100,000rpm are road relevant, I suspect not,” he added. “They are pretty exotic.”

“Conceptually, it was good but we perhaps didn’t control some of the exotic aspects of it which ultimately are going to be less relevant.”

McLaren will remain Mercedes engine customers in 2014 but have a factory engine supply deal with Honda in place for 2015 and beyond.

Whitmarsh said it was down to the teams to ensure more cost-effective rules are introduced in future: “We have got to be a bit more diligent in how we pull things together, recognise the implications and work harder at cost saving in F1.”

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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