Ecclestone still unhappy about F1 switch to V6 turbo engines

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone

Formula 1’s V8 power plants have roared for the last time, but Bernie Ecclestone still thinks moving to turbo-charged V6 engines next year is a bad idea.

Asked by the Spanish sports newspaper Marca if he thinks the radical rules shift for 2014 was necessary, the Formula 1 chief executive answered: “No I don’t, but let’s wait and see.”

Ecclestone, 83, also answered “yes” when asked if he thinks forcing teams to spend extra in already tight economic conditions is a mistake.

“I think it is a mistake, but I don’t think it is going to change Formula 1,” he insisted. “We have changed the rules many times and it has always been the same sport.”

Ecclestone  admitted that he is still worried about the milder sound of the new turbo engines. “What we had is good, everyone likes it, so why change it?” he wondered.

“It was thought that, if we had smaller engines, more manufacturers would be attracted to Formula 1. But nobody else seems to be coming,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ecclestone did not confirm reports that Korea and New Jersey will not be on next year’s Formula 1 calendar.

Asked about the reports, he answered: “We will not have Mexico and India next year.” (GMM)

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  • Ezany

    at least Honda is coming back into the sport…

  • Dr. Azlan

    1.6 litre engines, of course many manufacturers will be interested joining.

  • McLarenfan

    We lose Cosworth & gain Honda a year later. A lot of fans are not happy with the new “Powerunits”! Bernie is right on the massive increase in cost for the 1.6 toaster hybrid given there are other avenues that F1 could have gone down fuel reduction could have been changed to other fuels and still have involved the fuel companies but no we had to have hybrid with batteries WOW!

  • matthew

    F1 should not have to worry about reducing fuel consumption! I’m not saying they should go back to refueling during races, but come on! It’s a sport only the super wealthy can join, why is mpg an issue?!

  • Dr. Azlan

    Most cars on public streets use 1.6 (plus minus) engines, it generates the easy bucks for majority of car manufacturers.

  • fokkinmoron

    Who came up with the idiotic idea of 6 cyl engines? Doesn’t Bernie have to sign off on it? WTF is he whining about? It wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t want it. Don’t tell me the FiA runs F1.(At least it would explain the stupid decision for 6cyl leafblowers)

  • mr18000rpm

    judging from the sound bites available on the net, these engines will sound disappointing