Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff claims that none of the sport’s current manufacturers were impressed by the plans unveiled for changes to the engine regulations for the 2021 season, warning of “immense costs”.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Mercedes chief Wolff aired his skepticism over the 2021 plans, believing there would be high costs for those producing the new engine, as seen in 2014 when the current V6 hybrids were introduced.
“It portrays it in a way of this is how we’re going forward, and none of the current OEMs were particularly impressed,” Wolff said.
“Developing a new engine concept will trigger immense costs, just for the sake of having a new concept.
“The new concept needs to tackle the deficit that has been outlined – development costs and noise level – and all that needs to be linked with a global view of F1.
“We haven’t seen any of that.”
Plans for 2021 are expected to be refined and debated over the next 12 months, with a fresh set of engine regulations due to be finalized by the end of 2018.
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