Bernie keen to scupper 2013 engine rules

19 June, 2011

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM). Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Valencia Spain, Sunday 27 June 2010.

Bernie Ecclestone

Jun.19 (GMM) Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has organised a meeting of the F1 Commission in an attempt to formally scuttle the proposed engine rules for 2013.

That is the claim of the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, revealing that the meeting will take place this coming Wednesday.

The report said F1 chief executive Ecclestone, a staunch critic of the proposed smaller engine rules, believes FIA president Jean Todt improperly introduced the four-cylinder turbos by bypassing the official bodies including the F1 Commission.

Despite Renault’s apparent threat to quit F1 over the controversy, Ecclestone is understood to have attempted to overturn the rules with a recent vote of the World Motor Sport Council in Barcelona.

The rules narrowly survived and Wednesday’s F1 Commission is his ‘plan B’ according to Auto Motor und Sport, with the Ecclestone also not ruling out a legal challenge.


  • Butterfly

    It may be just to kick the FIA president in the teeth, but it’s good to keep the current V8s.

  • Mclaren John

    On this one I think Bernie Ecclestone is right.
    If they want Turbo’s and that kind of equipment let them on V8 blocks not some small 1.6 4 cylinder, next it will be 3 cylinder supercharged then 1.7 Diesel.

  • Arthur

    Why would they always tend to look at the engine? They could re-introduce all the technologies which made F1 so good to watch since 2009. Namely: double diffuser, F-duct, etc. And even at the moment they want to ban the off-throttle exhaust of Renault? Maybe because FIA wanted to be the star of Formula 1 rather that the teams which managed to squeeze technology out of their rules.

  • Bat

    Leave the engines. Now to get you thinking – Just reduce the number of gears allowed – This will result in more Torque orientated type engines, using flatter cams, which naturally rev lower i.e. not rev limited as current, and are more fuel efficient (for the green, tree huggers) and will be more reliable.

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