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V10 engine as good as gone according to Brawn

The V10 era started in 1996 and ended in 2005

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A return to the V10 engines is one that the former F1 Managing Director, Ross Brawn, thinks will not happen.

Michael Schumacher with then technical director Ross Brawn won 7 world championships during the V10 era (Image Credit: Red Bull Racing website)

The love that fans and drivers have for the V10 engine, especially its sound, cannot be undermined. Four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, has talked about having the V10 return with F1’s campaign towards sustainability.

If Formula 1 is successful in creating sustainable fuel by 2026, it would be feasible for the V10 to come back according to Vettel. The engine would be cheaper, simpler, louder, all while being eco-friendly.

 “I love the cars. I love to have the sensation for the V10. 

“For the history going forwards, I don’t know that’s a separate another discussion to have, what is the better way?

“What is the cheaper way as well? Because these [turbo hybrid] engines cost a fortune, their development costs a fortune up to this point.”

Ross Brawn

However, Brawn thinks that it is very unlikely. There are major technical changes that come with going back to V10 engines. Also the fact that in 2022, though nostalgia brings fond memories of the V10, times have changed. He said: 

“I understand what he [Vettel] is saying. I think we are keen that a number of manufacturers supported the philosophy of a very efficient hybrid because there are other factors here: there is fuel consumption, the type of fuel we are running, the efficiency of the engines.

“Efficiency is still a big factor. So even if you are running fully sustainable fuels, you still want efficiency. So we’re sticking with a hybrid solution.

“It is appealing to the manufacturers and they are putting their backing behind it and funding the research.

“I don’t think there is one manufacturer at the moment who would put money into a V10. That’s a different formula actually. It’s F2, not F1.”

“There is a new demographic out there who think they are a bit of an oddity,

“People like different things, and there are a huge number of fans out there who probably quite like the idea they can have a chat in the grandstands while the cars go around. It is not so important to them.

“We came from an era where we liked to hear a V12 scream, but it was painful. You forget how loud they really were.”

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