The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1
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The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

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OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

While Formula 1’s engine manufacturers – and potentially future ones – still have to hammer out some ongoing sticking points about new era rules from 2025/2026, there is an increasing likelihood that one of the championship’s more complicated technologies is about to be consigned to the bin.

F1’s MGU-H – officially ‘Motor Generator Unit - Heat’ – has proven to be one of the most devilishly complicated components of the modern turbo hybrid engines. Introduced from 2014 as a core area where F1 could lead the way in developing hybrid technologies that would be a step in front of the automotive world, hopes were high that it would confirm grand prix racing’s place as a technology testbed for future road car applications.

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