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Formula 1 Needs to Lift Restrictions on Engine Development

The 2014 season brought with it one of the biggest technical revolutions Formula One has ever seen. The old, reliable V8 engines were out, replaced by cutting-edge V6 turbo hybrids. The new engines—or "power units," as they were known—were brought in to keep the manufacturers happy and to push F1 into a new era of efficient, cleaner racing. It should have been the start of a beautiful new era for the sport—but not everyone got it right. Mercedes dominated the season, winning 16 of the 19 races. The Silver Arrows were never once beaten on pure pace, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought over the world championship all the way to the final race of the year. With a few notable exceptions, the pattern has been repeated in...

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