F1 » di Montezemolo blasts four-cylinder engines in F1 'pathetic'


Characteristically pulling few punches, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has lambasted F1's new engine regulations from 2013 onwards as 'pathetic' - and commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone is concerned, too...

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50 Cent - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 5:29 PM

Luca di is towing the company line since I can't see any Ferrari enthusiast driving a 4 cylinder engine. That said, I'm not opposed to 4 cylinder turbo's as long as the performance stays the same. I like the roar of the big engine but it's not necessary, at least for me, to have the sound component as the most important indistinguishable F1 trademark. To me they can race electric motors as long as they are the fastest thing around.

Danimal - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 5:37 PM
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. You should embrace the idea. You can prove that Ferrari is the best by building the best car no matter what new regulations are enforced. Ferrari's engineering expertise can shine by turning crap into diamond. You can show the world that Ferrari will shine no matter what. But maybe it was the unlimited cash that help you stay at the top, while poorer teams couldn't afford the newest technical bits or develop their current tech over a long season. I can see why you guys would be upset.A leveling of the playing field(spending caps, horse power limits and the like) may knock you down a few notches as more then two teams can possibly get in the title hunt also.

Mike Jones - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 5:44 PM

Surely F1 is supposed to represent the pnnacle of automotive engineering not a be a sop to the eco freaks & global warming preyenders. If F1 has to pander to these weirdos why bother - just ban motor racing.

andrew.

January 05, 2011 5:51 PM

Have to say that LDM is wrong on this one. Looking at all of the changes for 2013 (rather than just the engine side of it) there could well be more racing and less processions. Should be good.

Kim Stevenson - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 6:01 PM

I have to agree about the comments re the proposals for 2013. Formula 1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of Motor Sport. Why change whats not broken? Manufacturers like Ferrari and Mercedes spend a fortune developing engines. If Todt and co want 1600cc engines then have a feeder series for F1. The problem is its too safe now. All the risks have been removed. I dont want to see drivers get hurt but where is the danger which sorted out the good drivers from those making up the numbers? I will stick to sports cars and NASCAR. 44 cars on an oval track at 200mph bumper to bumper draughting with a thumping V8 throbing away. Get it wrong and your in the wall big time. Now thats real racing. Happy New Year to all Motor Sport Fans.

richard

January 05, 2011 6:35 PM

luca is 100% right. if manufacturers are to be involved in the sport, then the formuls must have some relevance for them. merc are also unhappy with the proposed engines. and to add fuel to the fire, both bernie and nikki have expressed their concerns. i still think that there will be further changes. after all, the deadline has already been advanced one year!

localsavage - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 6:38 PM

Ferrari and Mercedes should just opt out and go sports car racing for a year or two. I bet you will be able to get cheap tickets for Monza in 2013 if Ferrari wasn't there.

KGBVD - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 6:42 PM

We hear about VW, Honda, Toyota, hell even Lotus and Red Bull talking about getting INTO the engine mix-- all because of the new engines regs.

Personally, I have no interest in watching an F1 field full of teams with Mercs and Ferraris. If I wanted a two manufacturer field, I would watch DTM. Maybe, Mercedes and Ferrari should stop putting 7 litre dinosaurs-of-engines in their cars and start building technically relevant (not to mention interesting and innovative) engines. If ppl still want 50 year old big capacity engines they can always watch NASCAR-- F1 won't miss you.

florcv01

January 05, 2011 6:54 PM

Luca and (gulp) Bernie are absolutely right. 1.4l turbocharged, 4 cylinder, 12k rpm limit, and max of 4 engines in a year is ridiculous. Attempts at controlling costs to keep the grid full is great -- so stop changing the engine rules every other year! The WMSC should focus elswhere (eg, aerodynamics) to induce better racing, not weaken the series with silly engine restrictions. Let's stop the charade of trying to be "green" and get back to racing. F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of racing isn't it?

107SS2009

January 05, 2011 6:56 PM

The trouble is the new engine will still be chocked (restricted) by the rules, may be more in some arias then the present engine, which will render it a totally controlled specification series.

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