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Bernie warned on F1 run electric power in pitlane

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Aug.05 – Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has warned again new power pitlane motor idea of 2014, and he says, it could result in “people being killed”

The new engine rules in 2014 sport will downsize its engines from the existing 2.4litre V8 to a more environmentally friendly 1.6litre V6 hybrid. New engine will use the energy created by braking to power an electric motor which the cars will be forced to run on in the pitlane.

New rules have been permitted by Motorsport governing body, the FIA, and were published recently.

But Bernie told The Express: “Formula One is absolutely not the right place to have electric engines. It’s like having ballet dancers with sneakers. More comfortable, but it doesn’t work.”

Bernie said they will change. “There’s no way that it will be electric in the pit lane,” he said. “People could be killed because they won’t hear the cars coming.”

Bernie also worries the minor engine will lack F1’s distinctive high-pitched scream which attracts viewers.

FIA president, Jean Todt, has been responsible for the new regulations, but Ecclestone says they are down to his predecessor Max Mosley.

“We can’t blame Jean Todt because this was started by Max,” he said. “It was Max’s original idea. His idea is what is being promoted now.”


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