Danner concerned V6 turbo engines to spoil F1 competition

Christian Danner (GER) RTL Presenter. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 12 May 2007. DIGITAL IMAGE

Christian Danner

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Danner is worried that Formula 1′s move from V8 to turbo V6 engines next year is a bad move for the sport.

After a long period of ‘frozen’ development of the current 2.4 litre units, the cars will be powered by all-new V6 engines next year in a dramatic shift for Formula 1.

But Danner, also a commentator for German TV RTL, is worried.

“The most recent championships were, I think, the best there ever was,” he told Playboy magazine.

“The reasons for this are clear. First, the technology is so developed that the cars are very reliable.

“Secondly, because of the regulations, the four engine manufacturers have been supplying practically equivalent engines.

“The introduction of the six cylinder engines is a huge technical challenge,” Danner continued.

“The engines will play a much more important role, and so I am afraid of the effect that will have on the competition.”