Todt says 2013 F1 rules are there to stay

Jean Todt (FRA) and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) F1 Supremo. Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai, China, Saturday 18 April 2009.

Jean Todt with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone

May 9 (GMM) Jean Todt on in Istanbul insisted Formula 1 will not be repealing its four cylinder engine rules earmarked for 2013.

Amid the powerful opposition of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari, the FIA president told reporters in Turkey that the regulations were rubber stamped unanimously by the World Motor Sport Council.

Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone, however, has grave fears, admitting he is worried Formula 1 could sound like the piddling GP3 cars if the sport follows through its ‘green’ agenda.

Todt said the only way the incoming rules could be scrapped is if  “dramatic evidence”  is brought forward at the next FIA meeting.

“At the moment there is no reason to reconsider it,” the Frenchman insisted.

Ecclestone meanwhile denied he is at loggerheads with Todt but issued a backhanded compliment when considering the FIA chief’s rise through the ranks from Peugeot in rallying to the top job in Formula 1 at Ferrari.

“I was the one who took him out of Peugeot and put him in Ferrari,” said the Briton. “We have a very good relationship.”

  • Stewy33

    So F1 is asking mostly “super car” manufactures to make a 4 cyclinder turbo engine. What benefit do these manufactures get from an engine they will never use in any of the cars they sell to the public? What a waste of research and develpoment. Also KERS is not green! From my understanding teams are tossing out KERS battery packs after every race weekend…