September 15, 2009 9 Comments
Given the recent engine failures, blow-outs and other mishaps, it seems likely that builder Mecachrome is not in conditions to continue supplying engines for a top-tier category such as GP2.
With cost-cutting measures in-place and Mecachrome’s extremely precarious financial situation, the on-track performance of these engines is suffering, destroying with it the dreams and opportunities of many drivers. The recent cylinder failures due to “the rain” at Monza is clearly an excuse for the total lack of maintenance and upkeep.
Even teams such as Barwa Addax – believed by many to be favored due to Alejandro Agag’s close association to Flavio Briatore – have suffrered the disastrous performance of Mecachrome with consecutive engine failures for title contender Vitaly Petrov. Agag himself even threatened to pull his cars from the grid if the new engine he had purchased kept failing – as happened in Valencia and Spa.
The question for GP2 organizers is if Mecachrome is in condition to continue supplying the category, or if it’s time to find another – more stable and reliable – manufacturer to step in. Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Fiat/Alfa Romeo come to mind.