Former three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda believes that the engine regulations that are to come into effect from 2014 are a good compromise in F1's quest to go 'green'. Speaking to Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten, Lauda called the 1.6 litre turbocharged V-6 engine formula a "good solution" that would save fuel while staying at the performance level of the current engine formula.
The technical regulations pertaining to the 2014 season have been ratified with Mercedes AMG (formerly known as Mercedes GP) close to giving their turbocharged engine its first test run on the dynamometer. F1's technical regulations were to be originally overhauled for the 2013 season with the V-8 engine formula being discarded in favour of 1.6 litre, four-cylinder units.
Following opposition from engine manufacturers like Ferrari, the V-6 turbo units were agreed upon and delayed until the start of the 2014 season. The new engine regulations have also been framed with the intention of making F1 an attractive prospect for a wider range of automobile manufacturers for whom the 2.4 litre, V-8 engine holds little relevance.
Lauda, in fact, won his third and final title with McLaren in 1984 when the team used 1.5 litre, turbocharged V-6 engines built by Porsche. During that season, there were no less than eight automobile manufacturers involved in F1 as either engine suppliers or constructors.