Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he will try to force Formula 1 teams to use V8 engines next year.The sport moved to the V6 model last year, which is a greener engine, not consuming as much fuel.However, it has come in for criticism from fans for not having the same ‘roar’ as its predecessor, and it has also led to one team, Mercedes, dominating proceedings this year.
Lewis Hamilton goes into this weekend’s United States Grand Prix 66 points clear of his nearest rival.
The engine regulations are fixed until 2020, so any change would need to be agreed by the teams, not to mention the huge cost that would lie at the door of the manufacturers.
Ecclestone told The Independent: “I don’t think we should get consent from the teams. I think we should just do it and say to them, ‘If you don’t like it you can go to arbitration’.
“We could get the V8s back next year. People can build them in no time so we ought to do it.
“This engine shouldn’t have been that complicated, to be honest with you. It was only when the engineers got hold of it that it became complicated. The product is not fit for the purpose.”
Ecclestone has also fired a warning to Red Bull – who have continually hinted they may leave F1 after struggling to compete with the V6.
The 84-year-old says they would be in breach of their contract to pull out, and it would leave to a legal case.