In Formula 1 plan to standardize gearboxesFebruary 19, 2019
The International Automobile Federation decided that the gearboxes on all Formula 1 cars should be the same, and therefore will hold a tender for the production of a single specification for the seasons 2021-2024. Reports the edition about it Motosport.
The FIA continues to revise technical regulation F-1 and make new adjustments. She did not ignore the transmission, the hull of which will be developed by the teams themselves, but its design is the manufacturer selected by the tender. Applications for participation can be submitted from March 15, while the results will be announced from April 15 to 30.
The situation, of course, is more than interesting, since standardization will entail significant changes in the work of teams. For example, Alfa Romeo and Racing Point have not been engaged in the production of gearbox for a long time and now have no opportunities for this. Their suppliers are currently Ferrari (Haas also uses their gearboxes) and Mercedes, respectively. Toro Rosso and Red Bull also have one supplier.
So, if they choose a company specializing in KP, Ferrari and Mercedes will be deprived of an additional source of income. True, there is a possibility that the tender can be won by one of the F-1 teams, and then all the race cars will only use its transmissions. By analogy with the McLaren, which provides teams with engine control units.
The FIA noted that future controls will not differ from those currently used, but the number of gears will be reduced to seven. Other details on the regulations are also mentioned in the information on the tender, perhaps we will learn more about them later.
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