Connect with us

2017 F1

Client engine would have ‘destroyed’ F1 says Lauda

Published

on

Parallel engine would have 'destroyed' F1 - Lauda

Parallel engine would have ‘destroyed’ F1 – Lauda Images Credit Mercedes

F1 legend Niki Lauda played a key role as a compromise was reached between the engine manufacturers and the governing FIA.

That was the claim on Wednesday of Auto Motor und Sport, as the FIA confirmed reports that the ‘client engine’ proposal was voted down during Tuesday’s Paris meeting of the F1 Commission.

“The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to power unit supply in formula one,” a statement read.

With FIA president Jean Todt most concerned about costs, another issue is guaranteeing supply for teams like Red Bull while Bernie Ecclestone wants simpler technology and more noise.

The FIA said the carmakers Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda will present their proposal on 15 January next year, for introduction in 2017 or 2018.

But if the proposal is not satisfactory, the FIA warned on Wednesday that the idea of the ‘parallel’ engine rules – with Ilmor, Mecachrome, AER and another independent supplier all interested – “may be reassessed”.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport on Wednesday claimed Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, had been instrumental to the compromise deal.

“It’s a good solution for the sport,” he said, “and the right direction.

“A championship with two different engine concepts would have been madness and destroyed formula one,” Lauda added.

He revealed that the engine manufacturers will begin to discuss the proposal this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F121 hours ago

FIA declare Ferrari suspected Mercedes car is ‘legal’

The FIA has declared the latest configuration of Mercedes’ 2018 car to be legal. Brazil’s Globo reports from Austin that...

2018 F121 hours ago

Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt

Four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt. The German is currently under pressure...

2018 F11 day ago

Ricciardo’s Renault move ‘a concern’ – Webber

Mark Webber admits fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault is a “concern”. Also a former Red Bull driver, Webber...

2018 F11 day ago

Todt visits Michael Schumacher ‘twice a month’

FIA president Jean Todt admits he visits his friend Michael Schumacher “twice a month”. Once the great German’s boss at...

2018 F12 days ago

Pressure got to Vettel in 2018 – Rosberg

Only a “perfect” competitor can knock Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from their perch at the top of F1. That is...

2018 F12 days ago

Robert Kubica to get $10m boost for 2019 F1 race seat

Robert Kubica’s chances of securing the vacant Williams race seat for 2019 have received a massive boost. Sport Express, a...

2018 F13 days ago

Vettel denies cracking under pressure in 2018

Sebastian Vettel has denied that the pressure got to him in his 2018 title battle. Once ahead of Lewis Hamilton...

2018 F14 days ago

Ricciardo does not want to be the second driver at Red Bull – Valsecchi

Daniel Ricciardo had little choice other than to leave Red Bull. That is the view of Davide Valsecchi, a former...

2018 F14 days ago

‘Very easy’ to make Vettel-like errors – Alesi

Jean Alesi has backed his old team Ferrari, amid criticism of the Italian outfit and its top driver Sebastian Vettel....

2018 F14 days ago

Four drivers line up for second Williams F1 seat

A quartet of drivers are in the running to be British rookie George Russell’s teammate at Williams in 2019. With...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media