Max Mosley could force through 'standard engines' if Formula 1 teams cannot come to an agreement over how to drastically cut costs in the sport.
Formula 1 representatives are due to meet in the Swiss city next week for the FIA World Motor Sport Council to discuss a variety of ways to cut costs in the sport, although it is the spectre of having a standard engine supply that is likely to dominate proceedings.
Mosley is proposing that the current 2.4-litre V8 engines are replaced with 1.8-litre turbocharged units, a move that has already sparked criticism from two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, who has threatened to retire from the sport if these rules are introduced.
Nonetheless, Mosley insists this will be implemented as early as 2011 if the teams cannot agree a convincing package to keep costs down. The consequence of this would be far reaching as the engines would expect to use 30 per cent less fuel, thus probably negating the need for refuelling during a race. Subsequently, this will see the cars be designed differently to how they are now.
"The goal of the meeting is to define a common proposal for the future at short and medium term," Ferrari spokesman Luca Colajanni told the Guardian
. "A lot has been defined for 2009, more is to come for 2010 and 2011 to reduce costs and improve the show. These are the leading principles."
Changes are coming though, with Formula 1 entering a new era in 2009 following a series of changes designed to improve the quality of the racing and promote overtaking. New aerodynamic packages and the re-introduction of slick tyres have already made their presence felt during post-season testing, although this is likely to be refined before the start of the season.
Meanwhile, the World Motor Sport Council will also discuss Bernie Ecclestone's controversial Olympic-style medals idea and reducing testing from 30,000km to 15,000km.