GerryTT wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:59 pm
Is it possible to switch to a Honda engine in 3 weeks time? Seriously.
The relationship with Renault is dead. They both agree to stop the contract as of right now.
RBR is already working on the 2019 car so the Honda engine is already implanted in a chassis. And the season is already a almost safe 3rd place so just put in the Honda engine and get twice the data for next year's engine. If it was my decision I would ask the engineers to give up their vacation and do it. Nothing to loose and all the more to win.
That's not possible for a number of reasons.
Although the FIA has standardized the mounting points for F1 engines, it doesn't mean an engine from a different manufacturer would fit into the chassis at all. You would need different plumbing, different wiring, different gearbox and so on which basically means a team would probably need a new chassis which also means new crash tests. The design phase alone would probably take longer than 3 weeks.
Add to this all the paperwork with the FIA because the designation of the team would change, they would breake the contract with Renault and so on and so on.