Mercedes have been streets ahead of the competition this year, so it’s no surprise that they’ve tried their best to limit the amount of engine development that Ferrari and Renault can do before next season. There’s been a lot of arguing between the various manufacturers that a lack of engine development is bad for the sport, but obviously Mercedes want to retain their advantage.
There seems to have been a bit of a thawing in the argument this week, with Mercedes chief Toto Wolff coming out in favour of limited developments being allowed … but … in return for his agreement, he wants to see bigger restrictions in the future.
It seems like Toto Wolff’s biggest concern is that allowing in season development to start would cause a lot of instability for both factory and customer teams which might cause trouble with integration. With the issues around Caterham and Marussia still not resolved, we could be in a situation where Mercedes is supplying 4 out of 9 teams next season with Ferrari and Renault supplying two each. McLaren are Honda’s exclusive partner.
There’s probably a lot more to come on this one at Brazil when the team principals next get together.