F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he still thinks the move from V8 to V6 turbo engines is a bad move for the sport.
As the teams up and down the grid said farewell to the units by revving them to destruction in the garages in Sao Paulo on Sunday evening, F1 is set to embark on a smaller, ‘greener’ era with better consumption and increased power from recovery systems or ‘ERS’.
However asked by Spanish newspaper Marca if he backed the move, the 83-year-old replied: "No I don’t, but let’s wait and see.”
He also said “yes” when asked if he thought it was wrong teams were being forced to pay more for the change in engine formula in difficult economic times.
“I think it is a mistake, but I don’t think it is going to change Formula One,” he insisted. “We have changed the rules many times and it has always been the same sport.”
With the new engines only revving to 15,000rpm and the turbo muffling some of the sound, Ecclestone is also wary of what the new units will sound like.
“What we had is good, everyone likes it, so why change it?” he wondered.
“It was thought that, if we had smaller engines, more manufacturers would be attracted to formula one. But nobody else seems to be coming,” he said.
Finally the CEO was asked about the planned calendar changes for next year with earlier reports claiming Korea and New Jersey would be dropped from the schedule.
However Ecclestone did not confirm whether that was indeed the case saying: ”We will not have Mexico and India next year.”
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