Bernie Ecclestone, chief executive of the Formula 1 group, has said that he is ready to go to war with engine manufacturers over planned power unit regulation changes.

It comes in the wake of a vote to give a mandate to FIA president Jean Todt and Eccelstone to ‘make recommendations and decisions regarding a number of pressing issues in Formula 1 such as governance, power units and cost reduction.’

Ecclestone and Todt are due to propose their ideas to teams for a cheaper and simpler engine design by January 31 2016.

Ecclestone told Sky Sports News: “What we are trying to do at the moment is to get regulations for a new engine that is the same for everyone.

“We don’t want different engines for different teams if we don’t have to, if we have to that is what will happen, but that is what we would rather not happen.”

Although Ecclestone is prepared for a fight should F1 teams not agree with the plans, he hopes that Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda will all go along with his decisions.

He added: “If they don’t then maybe the FIA will have to write the regulations. If you like it, good, if you don’t, sorry, but you’ve got a choice of stop [competing in F1] or you can arbitrate.”

However, Ecclestone also raised concerns about the FIA President, Todt: “The problem with Jean is that if there is a problem he likes to have things very democratic.

“He wants everyone to be happy and everyone to agree, whereas when Max [Mosley] was in charge he hoped that he was leading the right decisions and hoped people agreed.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 9, 2015

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