Four-times world champion Alain Prost says it is likely the new engines being introduced in Formula One next year will lead to more retirements.
The V8 engines which have been used in F1 since 2006 will be replaced with 1.6-litre turbocharged engines next year.
Prost, who won three world championships with turbocharged engines, told Autosport: “For sure we are going to have some reliability problems, in the beginning especially.”
As well as the reintroduction of turbocharged engines, last seen in 1988, F1 teams will have to get to grips with complex new energy recovery systems.
“We all need to accept that sometimes it is going to be a problem,” said Prost. “The public will understand it is a new technology and it is not reliable, but slowly they will see that you get the performance, the reliability, the fuel consumption.”
Prost added it was good for F1 that another manufacturer will rejoin the sport in the shape of Honda, who he won the 1989 championship with while driving for McLaren. McLaren and Honda will reunite in 2015.i
Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.
Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.
“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”
While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.
His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.
“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”
Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.