F1 » Ecclestone: Green engines 'bad for F1'

Bernie Ecclestone at logger-heads with FIA president Jean Todt over a possible move to 'green' engines in F1

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March 17, 2011 5:01 PM

Tough, isn't it?
F1 needs to be seen to be environmentally conscious to continue to get big ticket corporate sponsorship, but it can't be at the detriment to the racing.
It's also hoped that developing 'greener' race cars will lead to greener performance road cars.

But it's a drop in the ocean compared to the resources used in running a team!
Fuel for cargo planes, team trucks, the thousands of tyres thrown away, the energy required to power a wind tunnel etc etc...
Doesn't really matter if the car does 50mpg or 5mpg, the carbon footprint of the race cars themselves is nothing compared to the operation as a whole.

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 5:03 PM

Looks like Bernie is pushing back on Todt? He misses his old buddy Max. But I support his efforts on this front. As the proposed engine formula reeks.


March 17, 2011 5:09 PM

Although this is not the first time that BE has said it (the importance of FERRARI in F1) it is acknowledged by many that FI will not be F1 (the same) without FERRARI.
The other day I was telling Rob that the new engine rule will have to happen first to be with us and Richard said he is sure it will, I say we will have to wait and see.
One thing is for sure, if it happens F1 would have been relegated to club racing status.

stevyweavy - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 5:26 PM

Does he really believe that they won't still be noisy.

Did they not once run with 1.4 litre twin turbos and I do not believe they sounded like a Renault Clio plus they had massive flames shooting out of the back of them.

Hey nonny mouse - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 5:44 PM

I'm not one much for the 2.4l engine sound either. I can't see the change to 1.6l turbo being a hell of a lot different sound wise. We will notice for a few races and then most forget all about it, just like the front/rear wing changes in 2009.

As for Ferrari being the most important thing in F1, I dont think so. I wouldnt miss them one bit and neither would many other F1 fans. A season would pass and people would ask "Who are Ferrari?". It happened with Lotus. It happened with Brabham. It happened with Renault etc.

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 17, 2011 5:48 PM

Ferrari IS the most important team in F1. And I am a Mcl supporter. If you look at the history of F1 you will sanely come to the same conclusion.


March 17, 2011 5:49 PM

sunny. i dont remember twin turbos either. i thought that the 1.6 had been signed sealed and delivered. maybe i was wrong, but it does tie into the "one engine size" intentions of fia. i know ferrari dont want the new formula, but i bet they still have a suitable engine designed and running already. i also thought that the 1.6 was a bernie requirement. maybe he is haing second thoughts. fota are not keen on it,so could we see an alliance between bernie and fota?? that would be interesting.
hey nonny. there is no comparison between ferrari and lotus/brabham/renault!!!!!

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