The 2005 season saw F1 impose one tyre rule and Ferrari and Bridgestone has not been able to find the right equation throughout the 19 races the defend their title. If not because the Michellin seven opt out of US GP, Ferrari would have been fourth this year in constructor title. Ferrari scored a maximum of 18 points in US GP and such score helped the pranching horse stay ahead of Toyota in constructor standing.
Come in 2006, the major change will be the reduction of engine capacity from the present 3.0 litre v10 to next year 2.4 litre V8. Such changes expected to reduce the Horse Power rating of the F1 car from the present of 950HP to about 700HP.
The engine capacity was reduced from 3.5 litres to 3.0 litres in 94/95 seasons after Aryton Senna’s fatal crash at Imola. The reduction at that time reduced the power of the F1 car to about 650HP at that time and with no restriction on engine development, the 3.0 litre V10 F1 car has increased the power output by more than 300HP over a period of 10 years.
Will Renault and Mc Laren be able to maintain their superiority against others in 2006, no one know. It will depend how well the F1 team can adapt to the changes. We hope that the change in engine size will let not top team like Ferrari to slip further down the grid :-).