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Whitmarsh: Teams in 'survival mode'

"F1 is pretty good at being self-destructive," he said. "Every other weekend we say, 'Shall we really go with the V6? Shall we stick with the V8s? Do we really want turbo-charging or shall we stick with the normally aspirated?' If I was facing the board of Hyundai or Toyota and saying, 'Come to F1 (as an engine supplier)', they'd say, 'What are the rules?' And I'd say, 'Well, they're published like this'. And they'd say, 'I read yesterday we're not going to do these V6s'.

"We've created an unstable environment and we're very good at that because we like arguing publicly and debating these things in an unhelpful way. Manufacturers need to see it happen now. Even in the last few weeks, people have been saying, 'Oh, should we really go V6 next year?' Christ, we're committed to it. Good, bad or indifferent, we've got to do it now. We've been saying it for long enough, we've delayed it long enough.

"If I was on the board of a big OEM, I'd be saying, 'Let's wait a couple of years and see whether F1 actually does what it says it's going to do for a change'."

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oldtimer - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:30 AM

The change to new engines is a classic example of shooting one's self in the foot. There was no good reason why this could not have been delayed for a few years to allow things to improve. In addition as things stand there wil be less engines available to share round, if any new teams do manage to come forward what are they going to use, The current suppliers are all pretty committed and I don't see any new suppliers on the horizon at present. The situation is not helped by Bernie welcoming teams in when he wants them and then saying they are a heap of **** and he wishes they would go away because they don't project the correct image for F1. Hopefully before I am tucked up in my box sanity will prevail!

bcgallacher - Unregistered

February 15, 2013 11:35 AM

Much of what Martin Whitmarsh is true - I think that the cost of the new v6 turbo engines will be the final nail in the coffin of some of the less well financed teams.It was an insane proposal at a time of financial austerity when the teams came in on the promise of reduced costs.

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