Ecclestone still unhappy about F1 switch to V6 turbo engines
27 November, 2013
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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