Ecclestone says 2014 turbo rules should be dropped

Bernie Ecclestone has reignited the debate about turbo engines by suggesting that the changeover from V8s should be postponed or even abandoned.

The new formula is due to start in 2014, having already been postponed once. Although Jean Todt has insisted that won’t happen again Ecclestone has suggested that the FIA president might change his mind.

Ecclestone has made no secret of his opposition to the turbo rules, but his latest statement will cause considerable confusion given that we are only 18 months away from the first race of the new era.

“I listened to the noise of the engines in Maranello the other day, the new engine and the old engine, and even Luca di Montezemolo said it sounded terrible and didn’t like it,” Ecclestone told the Hindustan Times.

He added that Todt “will get rid of it. I think Luca is also saying we should suspend it for two or three years. I think it is sensible to get rid of it and stick with what we have got. It is much cheaper than the new one. It probably could be 30% of the price.”

Meanwhile Australian GP boss Ron Walker, a long time ally of Bernie, said: “The circuits would be appalled if they went ahead with that new engine now, particularly if there is no guarantee the sound will be the same. The circuits will all support Bernie in his quest to keep the same engine because it will mean great savings in the cost burden of running the sport.”

The three engine manufacturers – Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes – are gradually switching their dynos over from V8 use. The consensus is that postponing the turbo formula will still be expensive as the companies will continue to spend on development during the interim.

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12 responses to “Ecclestone says 2014 turbo rules should be dropped

  1. Mick

    Bernie’s only concern is his own wallet.

  2. Ihsan

    It seems like a silly move after all the money the manufacturers spent to develop the 6-pots. I agree they’re not done yet, but still it will be millions down the drain if they stop now.

  3. Brian

    One day soon there will be no Bernie. I will NOT miss his constant stirring of the pot.

  4. Hmm, it’s a tough one. Current V8s aren’t great engines, I believe resricted V10s could’ve done the job easily. On the other hand, IndyCar guys could push with change to more relevant racing machinery and these new Dallara products look kinda interesting, different, 21st century. Engines sound OK too, at least from YouTube. It’s a proper mix of history and modern times.

    Change would do F1 good, they just gotta drop difficult schemes, KERS – what a terrible idea that was! I’d like to see new engine formula happen, hopefully within acceptable costs.

  5. Stone the crows

    I could indeed see the V6 plan scrapped just because Bernie made enough of a stink about it, maybe he’d be quiet if Jean told him he would have to reimburse Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Cosworth for all the wasted time and money in development out of his own pocket. I for one always thought the V6 idea wasn’t very good, but now that they’ve thrown millions at it to just dump it is worse.

    • melonfarmer

      Absolutely, how can manufacturers continue to justify F1 programmes to run engines that have their roots in the 1967 Cosworth DFV? Bernie lives in an ivory tower – just look at F1’s online offerings. F1 may as well be a standard engine formula (oh hang on, it is) supplied by Mechachrome if the V8 continues.

  6. F1 Dude

    How about American V8 stock blocks? C’mon guys!

  7. Keep the V8s I reckon, bring the Renault and Cosworth motors up to the same power levels as the Merc and Ferrari for fair play and then let them get on with it.

  8. Little Wan

    Lets face it like him or loath him, Bernie has run F1 since God was a lad and Bernie is as omnipotent as God when it comes to how F1 is run. If he says he does not want turbos then F1 will not have them. Sorry Jean.

  9. elliot

    F1 just went sideways, it should be all about how fast, safe and for how long you can push technology to its limit.
    the drivers care about speed and reliability. this guys are castrated winners because of some silly rules.
    Let the engineers do there job and give the drivers the best chance to win a GP.
    The low budget teams can come up with some great powerful engines and GP wins if it was not all about some syndicate that’s driven by not sure what but its not working, not for the motor sport, not for the teams and drivers, and not for the fans.

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