Ecclestone not ruling out tweaks to V6 turbo engine rules

Bernie Ecclestone with Jean Todt

Bernie Ecclestone with Jean Todt

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is not ruling out tweaking the radical new V6 turbo engine regulations.

The sport’s Chief Executive is unashamedly no fan of the new turbo V6 era, having fought hard against replacing the screaming naturally-aspirated engines with the muted but ‘greener’ power units of the future.

“We have got the new engines. I don’t like them,” he told journalist Christian Sylt, editor of the Formula 1 trade guide Formula Money. “Maybe we can up the fuel restrictions and they can rev higher. We will have to wait and see.”

Claming that he is not simply opposed to change, the 83-year-old insisted he doesn’t even mind the  questionable aesthetics of the new nose sections of 2014’s cars.

“You get used to the looks,” he said. “Whenever there’s a change people say “I don’t like it”. Don’t think you’re going to get used to no noise though.”

Like the noses, Ecclestone also doesn’t mind that the run of dominance enjoyed by Red Bull seems to be over.

“Many fans want to see Vettel lose now,” he told Bild newspaper. “After all, they won the championship not once but for four years.”

“But I’ve never seen the point in changing the engines to save energy,” Ecclestone insisted. “That’s something you can do in street cars, but not in Formula 1.

“We need to be loud and fast,” the Briton added, “and one thing is certain: this whole thing has cost a … mountain of money.” (GMM)

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  • Matthias O’keeffe

    I totally agree with Bernie.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    If these new “Power Units” prove a disaster, I wonder how difficult it would be to engineer the old engines into this year’s cars???

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    He is right, for once.

  • Nowhereman

    He’s listening to the fans comments.
    Fans don’t like it, then it goes away, that’s how it should be.
    Open restriction on engines, based only on cubic inches.
    Induction type should be open.
    Cubic inches dictates weight of car.
    That is a good formula.

  • karlich

    Would be nice *sigh*

  • Krunksoft

    I disagree with Bernie. We haven’t even had a single race yet. I don’t think these cars will sound they way do now by the end of the season. Is it just me or did these cars sound better at Jerez?

  • Alejandro_85

    Or sign in with Disqus!? We have no bloody choice! Way to get members, give them no other choice…
    Anyway I promise you its gona be a repeat of 2013. If Redbull keep whining about the engine it’ll change, just like the tires last year. And then rbr will ride into the sunset….

  • Barlow

    This has been such a fiasco!! Maybe half the cars starting the first race will finish, come on!! I say bring back the 2013 F1 engines, give the teams all the tires they need for qualifying, but then everybody starts on whatever new tires they want, as the red lights go out. The whole point of F1, “the pinnacle of motor racing” if it is anymore, the guiding principal should be to give the teams the wherewithal to go as fast and as safely as the can, till the end of each race; enough tires, enough gas, and big screaming honken engines! In my “American” opinion, anything less is not Formula 1!!

  • Krunksoft

    These cars are going to be just as fast as before once the reliability is there and the teams get the downforce sorted. The drivers also have to become familiar enough with the cars to get the most out of them. There’s still so much to learn. Let’s not give up on the season before it even starts.

  • Paul

    I doubt that the FIA (the governing body of the sport) will agree. You cannot start a racing year with one set of rules and finish with another to satisfy a few. Change the rules for 2015 if there are some issues. One purpose of this sport was to bring the technology together that could be used in road cars.

  • KevinW

    F1 could go any number of ways. Open ended insanity where there are no restraints on fast, as the leading edge of racing technology, without regard to relevance – or complete relevance to motor-car production technologies, as the leading edge of automotive technology. Either way will work – what we have is sort of a hybrid of the two. Sort of relevant, but not as much as endurance racing. Sort of fast, but nothing like it could be if given a little more room. In the end, as long as the racing is good, who really cares anymore. Purists are a dying lot, relegated to us old guys who should know better. Race tickets and airtime are the driving force now, not performance. So the biggest risk this season is that racing is bad, either from too many DNFs, safety cars, or unpredictable lottery style finishes that cause fans to question whether its really racing anymore. I believe the rush to push the new technology forward before it is proven to be reliable risks delivering races that are no fun to watch. They will find a way to be fast enough otherwise, which will add to the intrigue. If every race is an endless stream of yellows and SC periods, and a lot of parading around to save gas and tires, 2014 will be a bust. On the other hand, seeing a team like Red Bull start the season as a total washout, then steadily get back in the game (win or not, the progression will be fun to watch), while new faces occupy the podium, and the great Ferrari and its two champions fight the damnable Mercs with Hamilton working for his much belated 2nd title against his upstart team member while once again facing Massa, at the wheel of the renewed Williams.. it could be one of the best seasons ever. We won’t know until we know…

  • Barlow

    Kevin, You make some very good points, and I agree. Hoping for the best racing possible…we will see!!

  • farizY

    “F1 needs to be loud and fast”, this I got to agree with old Bernie.

  • AussieF1Fans

    Imho F1 needed this change but in a much different way.
    Big engines with huge power then add a massive ERS system on it rather than small engine with massive ERS. Maybe something like MotoGP used to do with amount of cylinders/displacement dictating min weight, use and induction you want and no fuel flow limit (I don’t disagree with fuel cap just 100kg isnt enough). Imagine if Mazda were allowed to make a rotary, Ferrari make a flat 12 and Honda a small engine turbo all with different characteristics suiting different circuits and most importantly (for the manufacturer) revalance to THEIR particular road cars.

    I like the idea of qualiftying and race trim with a morning warm up on race day same as MotoGP I think that would make it more exciting and better for spectators at the track

    My last opinion i will share is I think teams should stay at the circuit (at least permanent tracks) for an extra day and only the young/reserve drivers should be allowed to driver. This would increase track time for young up and comers and give teams a chance to develop their cars more during the year and I’m sure its cheaper staying a day at every track than flying everything to a separate young driver test

  • karlich

    Y’all don’t get the picture… just look at that big fat envelope Bernie’s handing over to Jean (and that grin on his face) …tweaks there shall be 😀

  • McLarenfan

    I think Bernie is right, I also think this mashed together fuel saver has been the worse money pit in the history of F1 racing.