Bernie Ecclestone has continued to rage against the latest F1 engine specification, insisting that the failure to consult those involved before its introduction was gradually dragging the sport into the mire.

An opponent of the V6 turbo regulations since they were announced, Ecclestone again turned his wrath upon the current formulae after the Bahrain Grand Prix amid speculation that certain teams were again facing financial difficulty, in part, due to the cost of switching to the hybrid formula.

The current 1.6-litre engines include energy recovery systems and fuel flow restrictions in a bid to make F1 appear more environmentally aware, but raised the cost of purchase considerably over the previous 2.4-litre normally-aspirated V8s, which were proving popular with teams, drivers and fans alike.

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Having already railed that the current generation of power units did not deliver in terms of performance, noise or cost, Ecclestone recently proposed the introduction of a more cost-effective twin turbo V6 'customer' engine for the start of 2017 - a move also seen as an attempt to quell the supposed duopoly currently enjoyed by Mercedes and Ferrari. Despite the support of FIA president Jean Todt, Ecclestone ultimately lacked the support he needed to influence the engine market, but the Briton insists that something needs to happen to ensure the future of F1.

"Firstly, this was Max [Mosley] who decided that we would have smaller engines and more manufacturers," he said during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, "I said maybe what we ought to do is ask the manufacturers if they will come in if we had smaller engines, [rather] than have the smaller engines and hope that they come in - because they haven't come in.

"I think, at the time when Max came up with this idea, nobody knew what the engine was going to be. It wasn't conceived to be what it is now. It was going to be a much simpler engine. That was the idea. Developing about 700 horsepower."

Intriguingly, Ecclestone suggested that the one manufacturer to enter the support since the advent of the V6 turbo era, probably would have returned to the fold whatever engine formula was in place and hadn't been enticed back by the change, which took effect from the 2014 season.

"Honda would have come in whatever the engine was, so that was a massive mistake," he said of the decision to force through the V6 turbo regulations, "The minute it started to be produced, it was bloody obvious it was going to be expensive.

"This is what upsets me... We talk about the fans, but I don't know whether they supported this engine - I think they didn't. I think you guys [in the media] came out clearly and said that nobody wanted this, but we've got it and this is really, really, really the thing that is slowly destroying F1."

Ironically, there are those in the sport currently wishing for a authoritative figurehead similar to Mosley in order to steer the sport through choppy waters as it attempts to recover from a misguided foray into an alternative qualifying format and formulate the next set of regulations, which are supposedly set for introduction next season but have yet to see a consensus reached by those involved in their creation.


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make them so they sound absolutely as if the world is going to end.

The present cars might very well be several seconds a lap faster than last year, but as a spectacle, they are a pale imitation of earlier eras.

Why is it the "eco-hybrid" lobby feel the need to justify constantly?

Whatever their speed, laptimes etc, today's cars just don't have the presence - and are, with all the driver aids, not the untamed monsters that preceded them.

Make them raw, uncompromising, so that only the very best can tame them. Those are the criteria that should be judged, not whether the dual-core processor in one MGU-Bollox has a faster clock speed than another.

He's right on this - and were it anyone else saying the same, then there would be far fewer dissenting voices.

But, like Richard, I am fortunate enough to have experienced BRM, Ferrari, Matra and other V-12's as well as the DFV (which in the Lotus 79 with upswept exhausts had a totally different sound). I remember the crackling on overrun, the bark, when changing gears, never mind the decibels!

Those who comment about speed are missing the point. The aural impact of those engines was like a sledgehammer compared to the sounds of today's "PU's". F1 doesn't need all this hybrid stuff - the place for that is in endurance racing, where the relevance for use in road cars is so much greater - witness the main protagonists - all major car manufacturers (albeit two are part of the same group).

F1 is, or should be "pure" racing, the regulations eased to not just allow, but to ENCOURAGE innovation. The engine? For 22 cars? Make it petrol, make it mechanical (no KERS or DRS) -