Domenicali open to major F1 revamp – but not until 2030


Stefano Domenicali says he is personally open to revamping Formula One engines to remove hybrid elements – but not before 2030.

The sound of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid power units has long been criticized since it replaced the 2.4-litre V8 engines before the 2014 season, with a 'horn' being experimented with in the exhaust in an attempt to increase noise levels.

In 2026, the units are scheduled to receive their biggest upgrade since their adoption, with the introduction of enhanced electrical systems, and with the MGU-H abolished, Audi is set to enter as a works team, with Ford also entering the mass market. Grand Prix Racing as technical partner of Red Bull Powertrains.

The 2026 chassis and power unit will be finalized over the next few weeks, and once that's done, Domenicali wants to think ahead to the next cycle.

“Once the 2026 regulations are determined, we will start thinking about the next steps, such as the 2030 engine,” Domenicali was quoted as saying. Motorsport.com.

“It is a personal consideration of mine, which I have not yet shared with the teams even if we talk about it with the FIA, that if sustainable fuel is successful, we will need to carefully evaluate whether we continue to use hybrid fuel.” [power units] Or whether better solutions will be available.”

Weight is key

The current weight of cars must be at least 798 kg, including driver and fuel.

Partly due to the weight of the power units, but also due to safety innovations such as the halo, the weight of the cars has ballooned in recent years, with the hope that the cars will shrink in the 2026 overhaul.

In maintaining the hybrid units, Domenicali believes that weight gain is “inevitable.”

“By keeping the hybrid power unit solution also for 2026, a significant increase in weight is inevitable,” he added.

“If we compare the 2026 car prediction to… [one] Since 10 years ago, we can see that weight has become an important issue.

“All drivers want to have lighter cars, and I personally want to have less of them too [bigger] voice.

“On this last front, we are working on trying to increase the decibel number.”

Domenicali also highlighted the fact that the calendar will stick to a maximum of 25 races per season, and that there is the possibility of increasing the number of sprint races from the current six.



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