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2014-06-02 09:43

MONEY'S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION: F1 driver Felipe Massa in the pits at the 2014 Monaco GP. Image: AFP / Alexander Klein

LONDON, England - Formula 1's new turbo era is "far too expensive", according to the Williams team's co-founder and engineering director Patrick Head.

The 67-year-old told the British Broadcasting Corporation he thought the sport had taken a wrong turn in focusing too much on road-relevant hybrid technology.

Head said: "It should be more about the drivers and more about entertainment on the track. The road-car people are doing a perfectly good job on hybrid anyway at the moment - I'm not sure that it needs F1 to demonstrate hybrid technology."

COST OF ENGINES

He also believed the main problem was the cost of the engines to the teams. Head said: "You could produce 600kW for €2-million (equivalent to R28-million) per team per year. I think the teams are having to pay about 10 times that.

"It's a very expensive way of powering F1 cars. The engines are fascinating kit but far too expensive for what they are supposed to be doing."

F1 team boss Flavio Briatore said: "F1 took the wrong turn due to the disproportionate influence of engineers. Is it realistic to design 70 different wings in one season?

"Unfortunately, with the abolition of the Formula 1 Teams Association, a free hand was given to people with no sense of proportion."

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