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2015-05-19 12:43

BERNIE'S WISHES UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN: F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's hopes of reviving V8 engines in F1 is unlikely. Image: AFP / Christof Stache

LONDON, England - Formula 1 CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, is continuing to rail against the sport's modern engines.

Ecclestone has always been opposed to turbo V6 'power units', particularly since their mild sound, fuel restrictions and huge cost to struggling small teams became clear.

Alan Kinch, finance director at Williams, told F1 business journalists Christian Sylt and Kate Hewitt that moving from V8s to V6s "essentially doubled the costs", according to The Independent newspaper.


F1's strategy group met at Ecclestone's Biggin Hill airport facility on May 14  but the 84-year-old's push to bring back loud and screaming V8s foundered.

Ecclestone told Italy's Autosprint magazine: "I want to change many things," the diminutive Briton said.

"Today we have a formula where the engines are the most important thing.  I do not think that F1 should have engines that are so complicated.

"A friend of mine, who I will not name but who works for a big manufacturer, told me that the technical solutions on the current F1 hybrids will never be used on road cars.


"These engines do not help F1 in any way," he continued.  "They do not help the show, they do not help the teams to find sponsors and investment.  The teams are having to pay much more for them than they did before.

"Of course it is possible to use different engines (in F1) that are cheaper but with the same performance -- but the manufacturers don't want to."

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