Ecclestone battles Todt over engine rules

Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saturday 31 October 2009.

Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone

Mar.17 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he is “at loggerheads” with FIA president Jean Todt about F1’s engine formula for 2013.

Todt has announced new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo regulations, but F1 chief executive Ecclestone on Thursday admitted he fears it will rob the sport of one of its two most important factors.

According to Australian news agency AAP, he said one crucial factor “is
Ferrari and second is the noise” of the big normally-aspirated engines.

The 80-year-old said he is so worried that he fears television broadcasters will stop buying the rights to formula one.

“I’m anti, anti, anti, anti moving into this small turbo four formula,” said Ecclestone.

“We don’t need it and if it’s so important it’s the sort of thing that should be in saloon car racing.

“The rest of it is basically PR — it’s nothing in the world to do with formula one.

“These changes are going to be terribly costly to the sport. I’m sure the promoters will lose a big audience and I’m quite sure we’ll lose TV,” he added.

  • Twiinz

    Wow, I totally agree with Bernie on something. Kinda scary. :)
    Changing the rules only costs more money. It IS all about PR. If they want to promote efficiency, give the teams a set amount of fuel and then reduce it over time. They will find ways to overcome it that will eventually help in the road car mpg. Going from a 18-20k rpm V8 to a 10-12k turbo 4 will make the sound much less unique. That sound was the most impressive thing about going to a race in person.