Formula 1 set for radical ‘green’ engine programme
Formula 1 stakeholders have reached an agreement for the introduction of a radical new “greener” engine programme in time for the start of the 2013 season.
The sport is expected to move from the current 2.4-litre V8s, used since 2006, to more efficient four-cylinder turbo engines with energy recovery systems and fuel limitations, according to BBC Sport.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has already expressed fears over the move, while manufacturers Ferrari and Mercedes reportedly have misgivings about the change because of the costs involved in the switch.
Teams are hoping to attract more engine manufacturers to the sport following the recent withdrawal of BMW, Honda and Toyota – leaving just four engine suppliers for 12 teams.
The Volkswagen Group have already been linked with a return to F1 through its Audi or Porsche marques if changes are implemented, and the latest move could be enough to tempt them back.
Further speculation has also hinted at possible returns for Honda and Toyota as engine suppliers rather than full F1 outfits.
An official announcement from the FIA is expected following the World Motor Sport Council meeting on Friday.