vasia wrote:So it seems very obvious in the paddock now that the Mercedes engine is clearly dominant over other engines. FOTA it seems will be discussing this issue. Will the FIA actually notice and allow a "de-freeze" for teams like Toyota to catch up?
This whole "engine freeze" debacle though has been a huge mess. Even with the "freeze" in place engine inequality on the grid has continued to exist. The FIA should just get rid of this silly engine freeze, or make the move to a new lower-cost engine design sooner.
http://en.f1-live.com/f1/en/headlines/n ... 3003.shtml
The point of the engine freeze was never to equalize the field(engine wise) it was to stop the huge investment into the engines for very minimal returns. If Ferrari was the strongest motor before the engine freeze, then they probably would have continued to be so even without an engine freeze, the only difference is the hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been spent for very few actual HP.
Even under the engine freeze it has been reported that Ferrari spent nearly $50M for a gain of 20-25HP in 2008... allowing any changes to the engines was a flaw of the freeze regulations that have been since rectified.
Changing to a new engine formula would be even moreso expensive, during a time when everybody is tighening their belts, for just simply pulling out like HONDA & BMW. The best solution for a terrible situation was to freeze the engine and use them until the initial investment could be recouped. They bettered the situation by extending the life of the engines. They have already stated the next engine formula will be much cheaper(much less RPM).
Toyota was weak before the freeze, and would continue to be so regardless of how much money they pour into it, that is just their M.O.