In the F1 teams’ meeting during the Belgian Grand Prix, one of the main agenda items for the upcoming week’s meeting organized by the F1 commission will be addressing engine harmonization.
In preparation for the 2026 season’s significant changes in engine regulations, details are being fine-tuned. As reported by autosport and other high-level sources, some teams will emphasize equal engine performance. This comes to light as FIA analysis has revealed a significant deficit in performance in Alpine’s Renault engine compared to their competitors .
Comparing the French team to other competitors, there is a about 15–25kW (20–33hp) difference. It is difficult for the Alpine F1 team and Renault to close this gap with their competitors given the engine freeze that will last until the 2025 season. But neither Renault nor the FIA have commented on this issue.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed optimism that the 2026 engine regulations will result in engines that were lighter, simpler, and faster than the current generation without sacrificing stability.
The next generation of power units with an emphasis on lightweight design will be possible if we are effective in the study and production of sustainable fuel. We want a competitive engine that not only generates a lot of horsepower but also sounds fantastic. We have put the Formula 1 sound back on the track on the table because 99.9% of people want to hear it.
He stated, “As a result of their inclusion in their sales portfolios, big manufacturers today are required to develop hybrid and electric technologies.
The F1 teams are ready to discuss the engine configuration as part of the search for the main Alpine pass.
He commented on the car weight problem and remarked, “This is a really critical problem. No one challenges what has been done in terms of safety despite the weight of cars increasing over the previous few years. As Formula 1, we must consider how to hasten progress, and in this regard, the question of sustainable fuel is crucial. On this front, attitudes and markets are shifting, and I believe we made a really wise decision when we first chose to take this route.The outcome of the F1 commission meeting next week on all issues pertaining to engine regulations will be intriguing to see.