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GP Week : Issue 183
F1 >>> NEWS EDITOR: Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK ALL CHANGE AT THE POWER PLANT With Formula One teams gradually ramping up their 2014 development efforts, when the engine specification will undergo a radical change, paddock negotiations have focussed on engine deals. Williams appear to have become the latest team to get an engine supply deal sorted, with rumours circulating over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend suggesting that the Grove-based outfit will ditch current supplier Renault for Mercedes starting in 2014. Neither Williams nor Mercedes have made an official announcement – though Mercedes have confirmed that talks are taking place – but paddock insiders say it’s a done deal. News of Williams’ deal with Mercedes comes hot on the heels of Honda announcing their return to the sport as engine supplier to McLaren. The Woking racers currently use Mercedes power, and will stick with the German marque next year, biding their time before renewing a once dominant partnership with Honda’s return in 2015. Toro Rosso on Sunday confirmed that they will switch from Ferrari to Renault power in 2014, bringing them in line with parent team Red Bull. “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to use Renault power units from the 2014 season onwards, when the new regulations will present interesting challenges,” STR team principal Franz Tost said. “It is particularly important that we have managed to finalise our plans early, so that we can be as well prepared as possible for next year.” While they have yet to confirm their 2014 intentions, Marussia are almost certain to switch to Ferrari engines, a move which has been expected since the team hired Jules Bianchi, one of the Scuderia’s great hopes for the future, to race for them this season. Force India and Caterham will stick with current suppliers Mercedes and Renault, respectively, while Sauber and Lotus are yet to reveal their engine plans for next year. For 2014, Formula One will switch from the 2.4 litre naturally aspirated V8 engines currently in use to a hybrid 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged power unit which will have an integrated energy recovery system – with far more options for energy recovery than the KERS units currently used in the sport –aimed at giving the sport green credentials in an environmentally conscious world. Honda’s return indicates that manufacturers could be tempted back into Formula One as the new rules can help them develop technologies that they can then use in their road cars. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone recently said he expects BMW to follow Honda back into the sport, something the German car company – which left Formula One at the end of 2009 – has denied. 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: