PROPOSAL, OR ELSE: Bernie Ecclestone is giving teams a new deadline to come up with new engine proposals or else the rules will change for 2016. Image: AFP / Christof Stache
LONDON, England - Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports that he is still determined to shake up F1's engine rules and get back to basics.
Wheels24 reported recently that, at a Strategy Group meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the crown prince of F1 proposed the scrapping of 2014’s turbo V6 regulations for 2016 but “a definitive result" was not achieved
However, according to Germany's Auto Motor and Sport, he made clear his strong desire for “louder, more powerful and cheaper” engines for 2016, perhaps to be non-turbo, 750kW and costing “only” the equivalent of R141-million for a customer to be supplied.
'THEY ARE ALL HAPPY'
Correspondent Michael Schmidt said: "An expert group must deliver results (on the proposal) by the end of January 2015.”
Ecclestone told UK’s The Independent newspaper late on Friday (Dec 19) that it emerged at the meeting that “nobody wants to change the engines, they are all happy".
"It's not exactly great progress," Ecclestone was quoted as saying by F1 business journalist Christian Sylt. "The next step will be 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.”