F1 engine talks go into high gear today

FIA logo. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 24 April 2008.

May 30 (GMM) FIA president Jean Todt is set to meet yet again with the engine manufacturers on Monday, amid reports that the Frenchman is under pressure from Ferrari, Cosworth and Mercedes about his plans for the four-cylinder turbo formula for 2013.

Renault is keen on Todt’s plan, but – in light of the opposition, powered by Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone – Ferrari has thrown a spanner in the works with a proposal for V6 turbos.

It is suggested the manufacturers will argue that a V6 can only be designed in time for 2015.

Monday’s talks in Paris take place in the shadow of next Friday’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council; reportedly the last opportunity to amend the 2013 rules.

“The FIA can achieve its goals with a V8 with KERS and limitted fuel flow,” Cosworth’s Mark Gallagher is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

“Downsizing to four cylinder does not necessarily save fuel or is green,” he added.

Todt told the BBC on Sunday: “There’s a lot of discussion at the moment but I’m looking for a lot of harmony for the future.”

  • Infallible

    How come just one man can push for a rule which is not liked by anyone.. 4 cyclinder should never happen to F1.. it’ll be a disaster..

  • stewy33

    Will a GP2 car be faster (as in lap time) than a F1 car if F1 does go to 4 cyclinder turbo engine?