Andretti also against 2013 engine rules

14 April, 2011

(L to R): Colin Chapman (GBR) Lotus Team Owner sits with Mario Andretti (USA) Lotus, who still led the World Championship despite crashing out at the start of the race. Austrian Grand Prix, Rd 12, Osterreichring, Austria, 13 August 1978. BEST IMAGE

Mario Andretti with Colin Chapman in 1978

Apr.14 (GMM) American racing legend and  1978 F1 world champion Mario Andretti has joined the calls for Formula 1 to reconsider its engine plans for 2013.

Mercedes’ Ross Brawn and Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn admitted last week that a “debate” is raging behind the scenes about whether the sport should as scheduled drop its current 2.4 litre V8 engine regulations after next year.

“I agree with Bernie Ecclestone (in) not liking the proposed 4-cylinder turbo engine formula for 2013,” Andretti wrote on Twitter. “Boring!!!”

It is believed Ferrari is also opposed to the 2013 engine rules, which have been championed by the famous Italian team’s former boss Jean Todt, who is now FIA president.

Meanwhile, Ferrari revealed that Frenchman Todt visited the team’s Maranello headquarters on Wednesday, meeting with president Luca di Montezemolo.


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