Engine blow-ups and budgets
June 25, 2009 7 Comments
We saw 3 engine blow-ups at Silverstone. Italiaracing reports that up to 6 engines were taken by Mecachrome for preventive inspection. What is going on?
One reason is that teams are running out of money, more quickly than anticipated. In an earlier post I had predicted when teams were going to start running into financial difficulties. Silverstone was the first general warning. We had seen other failures (gearboxes mainly), but engine blow-ups are a different story.
1. Teams begin to spend more time repairing and less money replacing.
2.The lower budgets bring in less-experienced mechanics, and with it, costly oversights that result in higher mechanical issues.
3. GP2 is not supporting teams in the cost of spares, be it chassis or engines, and the result is clear.
What we have here is a perfect storm brewing. Lack of money, lack of technical expertise and lack of organizational interest. The issue will only get worse as the season wears on… and look for drivers in the GP2 backmarkers to do less laps at Friday practice – especially at Trident, Durango and DPR.