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FIA to tender for independent engine supplier

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24/10/2015

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the FIA is to tender for an independent engine supplier for 2017.

The move comes at a time Red Bull and its sister team Toro Rosso is struggling to find a power unit having turned its back on Renault, been turned down by Mercedes and Ferrari and seemingly vetoed by McLaren in terms of Honda.

It also comes days after Max Mosley warned that the engine manufacturers now control the sport and at a time Ecclestone is seeking to move away from the new hybrid formula.

Speaking at the weekend, Mosley and Ecclestone both sung the praises of Cosworth and Mecachrome, yearning for the days of the independent manufacturer who could supply teams with economically priced alternatives to those offered by the majors.

"The FIA will put out a press release on Monday or Tuesday," Ecclestone told reporters in Austin. "They will probably have more power and use more fuel. It means, I suppose, that there would be regulation changes, which have already been anticipated for 2017 so there's nothing new."

When it was suggested that the move would see a two-tier grid, the F1 supremo was quick to dismiss the idea.

"We used to have people running turbo engines and people running normally aspirated engines," he said. "That wasn't a two-tier system, it was a choice. Whatever it is, I anticipate they will continue running their engine and the others the other engine."

Asked whether the move was merely a scheme to get the major manufacturers to reduce the cost of their engines, he said: "Not really, it’s very simple. If we don't, we'll probably lose a few teams.

"It's nothing to do with us what people charge,” he added. "We have no control, and don't want it. They can charge what they like. What is being introduced will be an awful lot cheaper than what it currently costs.

"There's a couple of interested parties on the horizon," he revealed, admitting that Cosworth is one of them.

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1. Posted by You Started It!!, 25/10/2015 9:05

"For every change in f1 there's an expense. so keeping costs down is not what Bernie has in mind."

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 25/10/2015 7:56

"Sounds like yet more technically illiterate drivel from the dynamic duo. The underlying logic of such a move simply doesn't work.
If the hybrid PUs are the cause of F1's problems, then scrap them. A mixed grid where teams are running Engines\PUs built to different formulae must inevitably result in a 2-tier championship.

Personally my desire is to see all these new-fangled technologies, like electronic ignition, fuel injection and OHC (let alone hybrid PUs) banned, and the sport returned to the purity of the 1920s."

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