F1 » KERS 'free' to separate teams, claims Mosley.

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Mucking Fuddle

October 21, 2008 10:25 AM

Toyota will be fine then... Just use the stuff from the Prius :p

Seriously though, how can he say in one hand "standardise engines" and in the other hand this??? Surely the new technology that is being used in KERS is far more expensive than the cost-saving he wants??

He still wants his (Nazi-style) cake and eat it...

Supermann Returns - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 12:03 PM

Woaww Max !!! First I thought the idea of fixed engines was a complete laugh, but when I see this and now understand where FIA WANTS the manufacturers to be heading, I must say that I am hugely impressed (for a change)!!! It really makes sense, and if FIA could be a driving force for development of f.ex. energy recovering systems it is admirable and the sensible way to go in terms of F1 being the manufacturers "playground" for development. And as far as development goes, this seems like the way the world is heading right now. Powerful cars that is clean is not what we have seen the most, so we racing- and sportcarfans need that for the future. (or we all end up in a plasticbox like "Think").

Sandro Fiorini - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 12:16 PM

I agree with you Supermann. Nowadays, the same engines are being put in different cars, from different brands. The F1 internal combustion engine achieved almost the maximum in terms of development. So, I think the best way to go is to define a standard engine specification and force the teams to implement it. At the same time, they should let free the regulations on KERS and on other means of propulsion different of internal combustion.

Scoop - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 12:21 PM

MM and the FIA should keep well out of the technology side of F1. Firstly, the FIA should NOT be headed by MM or JT or anyone else with an apparent axe to grind. Next, the new and impartial FIA should set the rules of F1 and leave teams to be inventive and creative in making their cars work as well as possible within those rules - that's what drives advancement and progress and makes the sport what it is. It's also why manufacturers get involved - to give their road cars the competitive edge (Continued below)

Scoop - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 12:23 PM

If MM is worried about costs, maybe he should look at the fees the FIA charge and how F1 turned BE from a reasonably wealthy, former team owner into a multi-billionaire? BE doesn't put cars on the track, he doesn't broadcast F1 programmes, he doesn't promote events and he doesn't own circuits (though I think he has an interest in several now) and yet he seems to 'own' F1 and gets richer and richer in the process. He's living the commercial utopia and laughing at all of us. Sort that out first FIA – if you dare.

Munro Gow

October 21, 2008 12:51 PM

The sooner the various teams put their foot down and say "We're off on our own" the better...Mclaren, Renault, BMW, Toyota, Honda and the rest can easily attract money - as well as using their own to create a formula that they and the fans want..they have pretty much everything at their disposal to get by on their own. They must be getting as sick fed-up of the B.E and M.M "look at us, look at us we are in charge and what we say goes, F1 is ours and you cant play unless you go along with what we say" as the fans are....

Christopher Patrick

October 21, 2008 1:08 PM

Ever changing rules and the introduction of new technology is what is driving the cost of F1 up. The current engine rules are bringing costs down as the amount of development that can be now done is low and there will be a stage soon when the engines are as good as they can be. Changing the rules every year means major changes to cars which means major development costs. When will MM see the blindingly obvious. OK so we want more technology to go back to road cars so changes like KERS can be a great benefit, but not every year. The cars are changing for 2009, 2010 and 2011, all that is cost, cost, cost. The FIA are saying cut costs and are themselves forcing it up.

james - Unregistered

October 21, 2008 6:22 PM

Never in the past has F1 been linked to road cars and I don't see why that should change now.

For racing cars related to road cars, there's touring cars and (to an extent) WRC. If MM was truly bothered about road car tech, that's where he'd be applying his rule changes. But he hasn't got control of those formulae has he?

MM has no concept of what F1 was, is and should continue to be if he thinks fans want to see a direct link to their road cars.

His meddling is unwelcome. A bit more listening to the teams who have to attract sponsors to this circus wouldn't go amiss. I can't think how the teams can sell this nonsensical scheme to their sponsors or board of directors as it stands...

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