F1 Commission agrees V6 engine rules for 2014

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jun.22 (GMM) Formula one has taken another step towards overturning the scheduled 2013 engine rules.

We reported on Sunday that Bernie Ecclestone summoned a meeting of the F1 Commission to take place at Heathrow airport on Wednesday.

On the agenda was the formal scuttling of Jean Todt's four-cylinder regulations, because F1 chief executive Ecclestone as well as engine makers Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth were opposed.

Ecclestone is arguing that Todt improperly introduced the four-cylinder rules without first going to the F1 Commission, and the whisper on Wednesday is that the body has now "unanimously" rubber-stamped an alternative.

Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary revealed on Wednesday that F1 will stick with its current V8 engines through 2013 and then switch in 2014 to a new turbo 1.6 litre V6 formula.

"Unconfirmed as yet," he clarified.

The Times' Kevin Eason agreed: "A whiff of compromise. Fascinating engine configuration though."

Cary said the new rules will be voted on via fax by the World Motor Sport Council on Monday.


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