17 December 2014
Ecclestone calls for F1 power unit to be dropped
Bernie Ecclestone says the solution to F1's current financial problems for smaller teams is a change of engine or Mercedes reducing the cost of its power unit
Bernie Ecclestone says the solution to F1's current financial problems for smaller teams is a change of engine or Mercedes reducing the cost of its power unit.
Mercedes has dominated the 2014 season after the introduction of the V6 turbo power units, with Lewis Hamilton taking the drivers' championship as Mercedes won all but three races. However, the increased cost of the new power units have been blamed for the financial issues affecting many teams – with Caterham and Marussia having gone in to administration – and Ecclestone says he will propose a switch back to V8s or V10s at a Strategy Group meeting on Thursday.
"We recognise the biggest problem these teams have is the amount they have to spend on the power unit," Ecclestone told the Press Association. "I believe if you got everybody in the room, secret ballot, there would only be one company interested in retaining this engine, and that is Mercedes. You can't blame them because they have done a super job, and the others haven't, so they've a big advantage.
"Is that good for Formula One? I think not, because we can all put our money together and have a wager they will win the championship next year, and probably the year after, which is not really the sort of thing we are looking for. I have been proposing, and am going to propose, at the next meeting we go back to a normally-aspirated engine with some hybrid bits built into it.
"The teams, manufacturers will have to call it a 'McLaren hybrid', 'Ferrari hybrid' or a 'Williams hybrid'. It's so we get across the message they are hybrids, but nobody tells anybody. It's the best-kept secret actually as to what this engine is for, why it was designed and what have we achieved with it because it is a fantastic bit of engineering, it really is."
However, Ecclestone also suggested that Mercedes should reduce the cost of the power unit to its customer teams if it wants to retain the V6.
"These are my ideas. Nobody can do anything with the engine we currently have, apart from spend a lot of money. I have spoken to one of the engine people and they thought the type of engine we are talking about, the development costs would be really small. I have always thought, though, it would be an uphill struggle to get Mercedes to ditch what they have built, and honestly we shouldn't ask them. It would need to be them volunteering.
“But what are they going to say? Them saying 'The other people are useless, we are great, so we're happy to help' is not going to happen is it? But if they're prepared to reduce the cost of the engine then the problem disappears, then there's no need for a new engine. We keep what we have."
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