The FIA is working to prevent a single team from gaining a significant lead with the new engine regulations set to take effect in 2026, aiming to avoid a repeat of Mercedes’ dominance following the last major engine change in 2014.
‣ The FIA is aiming to prevent a single team from gaining a significant lead with the new engine regulations set to be introduced in 2026.
‣ Nikolas Tombazis of the FIA’s Single Seater Commission is focused on avoiding controversy and ensuring fair competition.
‣ The last major engine change in 2014 saw Mercedes dominate, winning seven constructors’ and drivers’ championships.
‣ The FIA introduced a cost cap to prevent teams from having differing views on the rules and to maintain a level playing field.
FIA’s got a mission. They’re keen to stop any team from taking a massive lead with the new engine rules set for 2026. Nikolas Tombazis is on the case too. Remember 2014? Mercedes had the most potent power unit when the last significant engine change happened.
Nikolas Tombazis, the guy from FIA’s Single Seater Commission, is wide awake. He’s determined to stop any team from taking a big lead. “We don’t want to kick off that season with a massive controversy. Last time? It was pretty smooth. We’ve learned a thing or two since then. We’re confident we can dodge any controversy,” Tombazis spilled to Autosport.com.
Writing the rules? That was a bit of a headache last time. Every team had their own take on them. That’s why the cost cap came into play.
Flashback to 2014. The hybrid engine made its debut. We saw a switch from the V8 to a V6 engine. Mercedes played their cards right, ending up with a streak of seven constructors’ and drivers’ championships. FIA’s got one thing on their mind now: stopping another situation like that.