Ecclestone claims EU could get involved in battle over alternative engine

Bernie Ecclestone has made the surprising claim that the European Union could get involved in the debate about the alternative F1 engine for 2017 – and help him to push the necessary rule change through.

The FIA surprised teams this week by issuing a call for expressions of interest, the first step in the tender process to find a supplier for the budget engine.

This came before the F1 Commission had voted on the subject, a move that in theory is necessary given that the new engine would require significant rule changes for 2017. However, most F1 insiders believed that Ecclestone and Jean Todt won’t be able to garner enough votes to get it pushed through, given the opposition from teams and engine suppliers, which would in effect render the tender process worthless.

However Ecclestone has implied that the F1 Commission could be overruled by a higher power.

“People can go up for the tender and then it’s up to the F1 Commission to decide whether they want to do it,” Ecclestone told this writer.

“I think the European Commission [on competition] will sort it out. I don’t think it would be hard to get it through the F1 Commission, but I’d rather it now be dealt with by the European Commission. It’s all the things they want to be against – anti-competitive, and cartels. They don’t like cartels, they don’t like those sort of things.”

When it was suggested that an EU involvement could take months Ecclestone insisted this was nothing to do with the recent complaint from Sauber and Force India, which relates to how income is shared: “This is a different thing to what the other people complained about. Who said we haven’t already started?”

Meanwhile Ecclestone denied that the whole process has been instigated to try to force one of the manufacturers to provide an engine for Red Bull.

“Not really, I don’t want an engine for Red Bull like that. We need another engine supplier. We don’t want to be put in a position where we’ve got them squeezing our balls.”

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8 responses to “Ecclestone claims EU could get involved in battle over alternative engine

  1. “They don’t like cartels.” This, coming from BE?! #LOL #OMG #HDJSKDNDHIEJDJHDBX

  2. Mick

    Another day, another crazy Bernie quote. Even he couldn’t get the EU to make a decision in less than 5 years

  3. hello Bernie watch your balls, Sergio may loose patience an start squeezing, ouch !!!!!

  4. peterg

    Ok, we have all been conned and we fell for it. Classic Bernie distraction, shiny object over here……….BE is up to something over there.

    When BE starts talking about the EU having a say in F1’s management and cartels, anti-competition etc. you know it’s bs.

  5. petes

    They could Bernie, they could. But I doubt that it would be the way you want to twist it……
    For mine, I’d like Mercedes to challenge this alternative motor plan up front and put FIA on notice that if they proceed then Merc will withdraw immediately and open their dealings with FIA and FOM to the European court, thereby exposing the designed in shafting.
    Sure there are penalties but I think that Merc’s legal people could wrap enough red tape around it to see Bernie into the ground.
    Win all round!

  6. He should be more concerned about his breaking of the conditions laid down by the previous EU Commission on F1. There is currently good reason to cancel the 100 year agreement. Both Bernie and Todt appear to have gone into forbidden areas. As for Ferrari having a veto and 5% off the top that is so anti competitive it shouts.

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