July 3rd, 2013 (GMM).- Ferrari has admitted it is worried grands prix could be half-baked in 2014, as the radical new turbo V6 era dawns in formula one.
The re-introduction of the new power units will bring new unproven elements to the track. There will be more testing to make sure all components are set and tested propersly, but the changes are simply really big.
One potential problem with the sport's revolutionary shakeup, according to Ferrari's engine boss Luca Marmorini, is that reliability early next year could be poor.
He said designers and engineers will be grappling with the 1000 degree temperatures caused by the turbos, which is not "an easy matter to deal with".
On top of that, the new rules limit each driver to just 5 engines for the whole season, down from 8 at present.
"It will be difficult to run the season without issues," said Marmorini, "considering we are talking about four to five thousand kilometres per unit which is almost double what we are doing right now."
Even more of a worry, he added, is the new rule limiting cars to just 100kg of fuel per race, which could force drivers to save fuel whilst battling for position.
"Ferrari feels this could be a danger," said Marmorini.
"We like formula one to consider efficiency, but we don't like formula one to be a sport where you are cruising for 50 per cent of the laps."
It is still early and teams has shown a great capacity to learn and quickly on the run. It is quite possible that first races will see a good number of mechanical related retirements while the grid's learning curve levels.