Marko: New F1 engine regulations ‘a step in the right direction’

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Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko believes the new Formula 1 engine regulations are a “step in the right direction” for 2017.

Teams agreed last week on a drive to reduce the cost of supplying engines in F1 as well as removing the current ‘token’ system in a bid to foster performance convergence.

The new regulations were supported by Red Bull, who faced an engine supply crisis at the end of 2015 before eventually striking a deal to rebrand its Renault power units.

“It is at least a step in the right direction,” Marko told the official F1 website.

“But as always, the devil is in the detail. The price from where the reduction should be applied was not fixed. We have variations in engines from 16 million euros up to 28 million. That is one issue.

“Then it is still wide open on how the convergence is going to work: if we really can stay within these three-tenths of a second that’s been calculated then we are okay – but there seems to be no guarantee on that.

“Another issue is, of course, that we have to be supplied with an engine – no matter what else happens – as the independent engine is now definitely off the table.”

When asked if he sympathized with defending champion team Mercedes following its opposition to the moves, Marko said: “Not at all.

“Because it was all about not losing any advantage. Now all the teams again have the chance to close the gap.

“Of course we are probably the biggest beneficiary, as in the past when new regulations came in we’ve always been ahead.”