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
During last season car failures accounted for 7.7% of all failures to finish a race by a driver. In 1993, Prost’s final season in the sport, it was 24.0%.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.
And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.
Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.
Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.