M ontezemolo accepts the Formula 1 boss Jean Todt pushed through the engine only under protest.
'We won't be building a four-cylinder for our road cars because of Formula 1,' the Ferrari boss rumbles and continues: 'Four cylinders, that sounds a bit puny for the premier class. If we weren't looking for one V6 turbo can agree? We mustn't confuse inexpensive with cheap. I can also achieve the FIA's consumption targets with other engine concepts. '
Ferrari is looking for allies
Ferrari wants to continue against the small one Enter the engine and seek allies. 'If there is the slightest possibility of tilting the four-cylinder, I'll take it,' said Montezemolo. Apparently Ferrari sees an opportunity to delay the introduction by at least one season. 'We see an opportunity for this. We need unity for that.'
Mercedes racing director Norbert Haug has basically nothing against four cylinders in a row, but expects high costs and can obviously be won over for a postponement. 'It would have been better to extend the V8 phase a little,' Haug told auto motor und sport. “It's an inexpensive engine.”
In contrast, Cosworth manager Mark Gallagher believes that by 2013 an engine based on the basis defined by the FIA could be developed for less than 30 million euros. Even if 200 of the 400 employees would have to be deployed for a new design at short notice.