Formula 1's future technical regulations look like being heavily influenced by two manufacturers who do not even compete in the top flight.

International media agency Reuters quotes Max Mosley as saying neither Ford nor the VW-Audi Group - both of whom sit on the Formula One Manufactueres' Advisory committee alongside current manufacturers Renault, BMW, DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes, Ferrari (FIAT), Honda and Toyota - are expected to enter the sport in the near future, despite their key role in shaping its progress.

"I don't think there is any suggestion that either of those companies will come into Formula 1," the FIA President told reporters at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. "But from our point-of-view, if we can involve two or even more (uncommitted) major manufacturers at board level in our discussions on possible future regulations, their input will be very helpful because they are disinterested about the technologies we should incorporate. They have promised to do the best they can to help us."

The FIA sent out a discussion paper on proposals for new engine and gearbox regulations from 2011 to the committee before the Spanish Grand Prix.

One of the principal reasons Ford and VW-Audi are members of the committee is down to the FIA's outlined desire for future Formula 1 technology to bear direct relevance to road car development, thereby making it more attractive to manufacturers.

Ford is able to boast a long history in Formula 1, with a staggering 177 race victories as engine providers and more recently competing as owners of Jaguar (now Red Bull Racing).

Audi also has an impressive motor racing heritage, as a multiple winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours round-the-clock sportscar classic and going back to the pre-World War Two years when Auto Union was among the grand prix giants.

 

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