Fry expecting little engine disparity
8 December 2013 – Pat Fry, Ferrari's Director of Engineering, does not expect major performance differences between the powertrains that have been produced for the upcoming regulation overhaul.
From 2014, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units will be introduced amid a range of aerodynamic and chassis changes, with Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault supplying the field of 11 teams.
Although fears have been raised in recent months, Fry reckons the output of all three engines will be closely matched, with reliability the biggest potential stumbling block.
"The differences in the engines will mainly be determined by reliability," said Fry in an interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. "The technology is so complicated that five units [per driver, per season] is a very small amount.
"I don't think large performance differences will arise. Maybe there will be during the races when fuel consumption determines the power."
V6 engines replace the outgoing V8 powerplants, which were first introduced in 2006.