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Ecclestone on the engine crisis: & # 34; Dennis blocks Red Bull deal & # 34;

Ecclestone on the engine crisis
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D as has almost a historical dimension. Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt fight side by side. Just like Ecclestone and Max Mosley in the old days. It worked then. The two Englishmen had the reins under control. Now the car companies are at the joystick of power. They determine who gets which engines. And who goes away empty-handed. The example of Red Bull has shown Formula 1 that it is in a dead end.

Bernie Ecclestone on the latest status: 'Honda would like to give Red Bull an engine. But Ron Dennis is against it. Honda has the FIA and promised me that they would supply two teams in the second year and three teams in the third year. Unfortunately, Ron Dennis wrote a veto right in the contract. He could sue Honda if they supply Red Bull against his will. '

Niki Lauda concludes: 'The only chance for Red Bull is a return to Renault.' Ecclestone replied: 'And what happens if Renault gets out after all? You don't want to make a decision until December. Nobody can wait that long.'

More power, but a refueling stop

So that this situation does not repeat itself, the FIA ​​will put out a low-cost engine for 2017 next week. The engine will cost only 6 million euros. One third of the hybrid units. You should be able to win with it. Just like in the old Cosworth days.

Cosworth and Ilmor have already submitted an application. 'At the beginning we will only award one contract,' explains Ecclestone. The premier class takes this step independently of the plants that only have one thing in mind: to protect their plant teams from overly strong customers. Red Bull is too strong. So there is no engine.

The FIA ​​now has to find an equivalence formula that puts the new 2.2 liter V6 biturbo on a par with the current hybrid drives. 'The new engine will probably have more power, but it will also need more fuel,' reveals Ecclestone. 'That could mean that the teams with this engine need a refueling stop.'

Ecclestone is optimistic that the engine will pass all instances despite resistance from the manufacturer. Also Ferrari's right of veto. 'That doesn't apply to all questions.' The Formula 1 boss makes it clear that the move is not a rule change, but an addition. 'To help the teams that don't get an engine.'

The problem for Red Bull and Toro Rosso is that they have to bridge a year. According to Ecclestone, both could sit out a year, but with consequences. You would lose your entitlement to TV and entry fees.

Wolff explains the rejection to Red Bull

The Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda suddenly burst into the press with Ecclestone. You couldn't get rid of the feeling as if the old fox had planned the meeting. He asked the Mercedes representative to come to the table and wanted to know from Wolff why the contract with Red Bull had failed.

'Two reasons,' replied Wolff. “We couldn't do anything until Red Bull's contract with Renault was officially terminated. And we wanted to prevent Red Bull from watering down our success by beating us. So we asked them to do a marketing campaign for the brand Mercedes comes out with something positive. That didn't happen. '

Niki Lauda defended the Mercedes position by saying that everything was done to help the opponents. 'We agreed, against our interests, to lift the development freeze. And we were ready to find a cost-effective solution for customers.'

Ecclestone regretted: 'I understand that manufacturers want to sell this hybrid technology . But you are the only ones who benefit from it. I have to sell a sport. The fans want to see exciting races. That is why we have to introduce this new engine. '

The soon-to-be 85-year-old Formula 1 boss sees the situation is serious: 'If we continue along this path, we will no longer be there in 2020. The new engine is the best way out of this misery.'


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