Ecclestone still thinks V6 switch bad idea

Wed, 27 November 2013, 07:18

Nov.27 (GMM) F1’s V8 engines have already roared for the last time, but Bernie Ecclestone still thinks moving to turbo V6s next year is a bad idea.

Asked by the Spanish sports newspaper Marca if he thinks the radical rules shift for 2014 was necessary, the F1 chief executive answered: “No I don’t, but let’s wait and see.”

Ecclestone, 83, also answered “yes” when asked if he thinks forcing teams to spend extra in already tight economic conditions is a mistake.

“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.”

But Ecclestone admitted he is still worried about the milder sound of the new turbo engines. “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.

Meanwhile, Ecclestone did not confirm reports that Korea and New Jersey will not be on next year’s F1 calendar.

Asked about the reports, he answered: “We will not have Mexico and India next year.”

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