The new Formula One regulations introduced last season were supposed to make the grid much closer, leading to more unpredictable and exciting races, which was one of the clear goals set by the sport. However, the reality on the track has told a slightly different story, with a difference in performance that is prompting teams to consider the introduction of Balance of Performance (BOP) in Formula 1.
One of the main proponents of this change is believed to be Alpine. The French team, in fact, believes that there is a difference of about thirty horsepower compared to the power units of rival teams. Adding to this is the fact that it is impossible to close this gap since the engines are effectively “frozen” until 2025. The current regulations allow teams to work only on the reliability, safety, and sustainability of the Power Units.
The issue of Balance of Performance will likely be discussed in the F1 Commission meeting during the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Alpine will ask to have some form of intervention on the power of their Power Unit. The French team will argue that the engine development freeze was allowed to enable Red Bull to work on the engines after Honda’s departure.
Certainly, this aspect will not be immediately welcomed favorably by everyone, as it would mean some teams effectively giving up the power unit advantage gained over the years. The addition of a few more horsepower could, in fact, translate into gaining several positions on the grid.
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For now, it remains just an idea that will need to be carefully evaluated in the coming months.