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F1: Rivals will copy the split turbo concept of Mercedes

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From GMM

Force India chief Otmar Szafnauer is "sure" Mercedes' field-leading V6 engine concept will be copied by rivals Renault, Ferrari and Honda in 2015.

The German marque's initial energy recovery-boosted turbo 'power unit' design -- featuring the unique split turbo -- has utterly dominated so far in 2014, with all four Mercedes-powered teams within the top six places in the constructors' world championship.

But amid the so-called engine development 'freeze', manufacturers will nonetheless be able to make substantial modifications -- up to 48% of the entire 'power unit' layout -- for next year.

F1 Mercedes W05
Mercedes' initial energy recovery-boosted turbo 'power unit' design has utterly dominated so far in 2014 (Photo: WRi2)

Asked if he thinks that means the Mercedes will simply be 'copied' by its rivals, Force India's chief operating officer admitted: "Yes.

"I don't understand the strategic direction of the other power units, but I'm sure that in Formula 1 everyone looks at what everyone else is doing, and if they believe there is something they've missed, which they now know -- that just how our industry works," Szafnauer told F1's official website.