DECEMBER 20, 2014
Ecclestone determined to change 2016 engine rules
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports he remains determined to shake up F1's engine rules.
We reported that, at Thursday's Strategy Group meeting in Geneva, the F1 supremo did propose to scrap the turbo V6 regulations for 2016 but it did not produce a "definitive result".
But according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, he made clear his strong desire for 'louder, more powerful and cheaper' engines for 2016, perhaps to be normally aspirated, 1000 horse power and costing just 10 million euros for a customer supply.
"An expert group must deliver results (on the proposal) by the end of January," claimed correspondent Michael Schmidt.
But Ecclestone told The Independent newspaper late on Friday that at the meeting, in emerged that in fact "Nobody wants to change the engines, they are all happy".
"It's not exactly great progress," he is quoted by F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.
"The next step is that we will have another meeting in January and the teams will have to come back with something positive. If they don't, we will say this is how it has got to be," Ecclestone added.