F1 » Ferrari backs Ecclestone's engine objections

The rumbling discontent over new F1 engine rules could take another twist as Ferrari sides with Bernie Ecclestone against 1.4-litre turbos.

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Adolph Robinson

May 02, 2011 10:14 AM

Why dont they just leave the thing alone. If they want to be greener cut back two races. They have cutback from V10 some years now, so just leave the thing as it is. Its not going to benefit everybody if we change it now.


May 02, 2011 10:20 AM
Last Edited 1825 days ago

"bernie gains an ally...."? why, six months or more ago, ferrari were objecting to the proposed 1.4 turbos, preferring 1.6 v6s if a reduction in size was neccessary. so in reality, it is bernie who is agreeing with ferrari!

Paddockman - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 10:39 AM

The new engine for 2013 is a done deal - it was voted by the FIA World Council last december with Ecclestone and Ferrari present and not objecting. This cannot now be changed without the unanimous agreement of the teams.

Work has been going on flat-out since then following preparations during all of 2010.

Without a new engine promoting "green" research, a lot of major sponsors will not be able to continue in F1. There is already pressure on them and this will get worse. If we had kept the current engine, the problems would have been severe by 2015.

Bernie thinks the new engine will be too quiet (although simulations show he's wrong) but his real reason is to split Ferrari from FOTA without having to pay them the usual fortune to side with him against the other teams.

Esteban - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 11:00 AM

All the "green" F1 nonsense would be funny if it wasn't so tragic. If you want to support "green" technology, then the best thing you can do is push the boundaries of technology efficieny and help it develop, not revert to something old.
It's also worth noting, for context, that in order to reverse man-made global warming (should you believe it exists) you would need to reduce the worldwide population by nearly 3 BILLION people... immediately!

Caroline Reid - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 11:04 AM

The only objection Mr.E has, and the only one he's voiced live on TV was about the sound of the engine.

Ferrari's objection is that they live in the past, they've even flouted the testing ban again, by running new components on a so called promotional day.

Ferrari can't compete on a level playing field, that's why they need extra payments from the new schedule 10 agreement, and promotional events to bypass the in-season testing ban that Montezemolo introduced when he was chairman of FOTA.

The green lobby is very powerful, and if F1 doesn't reposition itself, the green nutters will reposition F1 out of existence, all with the help of Ferrari.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

May 02, 2011 11:32 AM

F1 is about car racing at the pinnacle, not about environmentalism. There should be new formulas developed for electric cars and other green powered cars. Leave our spectacle alone.
F1 is about pushing the boundaries of a car powered by an internal combustion engine.
After all, there are many ways engineers have learned from F1 how to incorporate its technology into road cars to improve economy.

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