Ferrari unhappy with 2013 engine formula

Ferrari engine

Sep.8 (GMM) Ferrari is not happy with F1’s reported plans for a four-cylinder, 1.6 litre turbocharged engine formula for the 2013 season and beyond.

It emerged this week that the broad outline of the sport’s future rules has been essentially decided and agreed by the majority of the teams.

According to Italy’s Autosprint, the famous Ferrari outfit is not among them.

Instead, the report said the Maranello based team wants formula one to revert to a 1.8 litre V6 engine design, which would be much easier to adapt from the current 2.4 litre V8s.

Ferrari’s engine boss Luca Marmorini reportedly insists there is not enough time to design a completely new engine for 2013 “with the necessary reliability to have only four units (per driver), as they would like”, he said.

Marmorini also argues that a 4-cylinder design would require a complete overhaul of the chassis designs.

Amid Ferrari’s staunch opposition last year to the proposed budget cap rules, the team threatened to quit formula one.

In a new interview with Corriere dello Sport, team boss Stefan Domenicali said anyone who thinks F1 would be the same without Ferrari “is wrong”.

He warned that, “depending on how the rules are configured”, Ferrari is open to seeking new challenges in “Le Mans or the major American championships”.

  • Bec


    Ferrari should go off and be a big fish in a little pond, rather than trying to manipulate GPs, the other teams and the championship, because their engineering is so woeful.

  • Twiinz

    Continually changing the rules and engine formula is ignorant. If the FIA wants to save money, why continue to make the teams start from scratch every year or two?? If they want to promote fuel efficiency, give the teams a set amount of fuel for the race and have no restrictions on engine. The technology the teams come up with could be directly relevant to production cars.
    The pinnacle of motor racing should not be done with a motor out of an econobox. I am glad Ferrari spoke up. You would think the privateer teams wouldn’t want to switch either. If I want 4 bangers, I will go to an SCCA Formula Ford or Formula V race.