Bernie Ecclestone is pushing for Formula One’s 1.6-liter V6 turbo engines to be replaced despite the recent discovery of a loophole which will allow them to be developed during the season.
The engines were introduced last year and lost the distinctive high-pitched scream of their 2.4-liter V8 predecessors. They also led to the dominance of Mercedes which won the 2014 F1 teams’ and drivers’ title with British superstar Lewis Hamilton at the wheel.
Mr Ecclestone has been one of the most vocal critics of the new engines and recently proposed a return to the V8s which was rejected as Britain’s Independent newspaper revealed. Ferrari and Renault, which also make F1 engines, instead asked the sport’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), to allow in-season development in a bid to bridge the performance gap with Mercedes.
It was thought that in-season development was not allowed under the regulations though a loophole has enabled it. Mr Ecclestone says the engine problem remains nevertheless.
“They can develop the current engine but it isn’t a solution because they can’t do what has to be done. The engine that we have got, when it was conceived, nobody knew exactly how it would turn out, and this power unit is not suitable for what it is being used for. It’s that simple. Good power unit and a wonderful bit of engineering but not designed for Formula One. It was never designed to finish in the way it has.”… READ FULL STORY