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‘Trouble ahead’ as Ecclestone warns manufacturers

Bernie Ecclestone warns manufacturers there is 'trouble ahead' if they don't relent on changing the current engine regulations.
Bernie Ecclestone has warned there is 'trouble ahead' for manufacturers if they don't relent on the current specification of engines after he lost his bid to introduce an independent alternative.

The F1 supremo has been a staunch critic of the current V6 Hybrid formula since its introduction in 2014, which he feels doesn't deliver enough of a spectacle and have become too complicated for viewers to relate to.

Though he found an ally in FIA President Jean Todt towards the end of 2015 – who complained the engines were too expensive for customers -, the recent promise by manufacturers to reduce costs has seemingly satisfied him enough to agree they remain until 2020.

Indeed, Ecclestone had seemingly clawed back power from Mercedes and Ferrari – the two dominant engine suppliers in F1 at the moment – by pushing on with a proposal to introduce a cheaper independent engine supplier, but he now lacks the support he needs to make it happen.

Saying nothing can change as long as Mercedes and Ferrari retain an 'alliance' that ensures they maintain their competitive advantage, while he admits he wouldn't expect them to give up their position of influence, he has warned they must

"Until we get an engine that can be built at a lot less cost, yes, there will be trouble ahead," he told the BBC. "Frankly, if I was either of them, I would be in the same position," he said.

"If we have a meeting of the F1 Commission and these two guys decide on something, which they do together, they have enough votes to stop anything going through, so they are controlling F1.”



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btr100

January 28, 2016 4:55 PM

In my opinion, not only the hybrid system is expensive itself. The long lasting components aren't cheap to come by. These long lasting, frugal lawn mover engines could have been made cheaper if they did not have to last for ages. And then there is the gearbox. This championship is a (bad) mock up of WEC. I want my sprint championship back.

George Zaidan

January 28, 2016 9:48 PM
Last Edited 17 hours ago

Bernie the F1 is already in trouble, but you already knew that. Instead of any more knee-jerk fixes you guys sit down, put aside any thought of profits and come up with long lasting solutions to get the F1 out of trouble. Solutions should be what is best for the F1 and fans. Put a cap on power but let all teams be able to reach that limit. If there is a cap on the amount of fuel per race, then let the driver/team use whatever they need without any restrictions during the race. If tire manufacturer give specific number of laps per compound, driver should not be afraid to take the car to that limit no matter the track. For God's sake ease up on the friggin' penalties unless it poses a danger to another driver. What difference does it make to you except the team if they use up a 1000 engines or transmissions per season, if they can afford it more power to them. If a team can't afford to be in F1 then they shouldn't be in F1. Trying to save money is not cost effective.



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