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Mar­chionne warn­ing af­ter 2021 en­gine plans re­leased

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Fer­rari threat­ens to quit F1, plus lat­est news

Fer­rari has threat­ened to quit for­mula One at the end of the decade af­ter de­tails of new 2021 en­gine reg­u­la­tions were re­leased by the sport’s bosses last week.

The pro­pos­als sug­gest re­tain­ing the cur­rent for­mat of 1.6-litre tur­bocharged hy­brid V6 en­gines, but with the rev limit in­creased by 3,000rpm for a bet­ter sound.

The en­gines’ hy­brid tech would also be sim­pli­fied, with a sin­gle en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem in­stead of the cur­rent two and a greater em­pha­sis on driv­ers de­ploy­ing the re­cov­ered en­ergy man­u­ally. fi­nally, some el­e­ments of the en­gines’ de­sign will be stan­dard­ised to cut costs.

in a con­fer­ence call, fer­rari boss Ser­gio Mar­chionne re­vealed he was unim­pressed with the di­rec­tion Lib­erty Me­dia was tak­ing the sport. “The fact we [are] now at odds in terms of strate­gic de­vel­op­ment is go­ing to force some de­ci­sions on fer­rari,” he said.

Mar­chionne’s com­ments came af­ter re­nault and Mercedes had crit­i­cised the plans, say­ing they opened up the risk of a spend­ing ‘arms race’ be­tween teams. Both favour tweaks to the cur­rent rules, to avoid hav­ing to de­sign new en­gines from scratch.

How­ever, as­ton Martin, which is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing join­ing as an en­gine sup­plier in 2021, was more sup­port­ive of the pro­pos­als. CEO andy Palmer said the key would be con­trol of de­vel­op­ment costs. De­tail work on the new rules is set to con­tinue for up to an­other 12 months be­fore they’re fi­nalised.

else­where in f1, af­ter Lewis Hamil­ton clinched his fourth world ti­tle in Mex­ico, focus now turns to the un­con­firmed seats for 2018. Mercedes, fer­rari, red Bull, force in­dia and Mclaren are set to re­tain their driv­ers for next year, as is re­nault.

Wil­liams is likely to re­tain Lance Stroll, but red Bull and Toro rosso refugee Daniil Kvyat is now said to be in the frame for its sec­ond seat, as are test driver Paul di resta and robert Ku­bica. Sauber is un­der pres­sure to run fer­rari ju­nior driv­ers, while Haas and Toro rosso’s line-ups could also change; Bren­don Hart­ley is now thought to be set for a full sea­son with the lat­ter af­ter strong races in the US and Mex­ico.

Warn­ing Fer­rari could pull out of F1, boss Ser­gio Mar­chionne (be­low) has threat­ened, if 2021 en­gine pro­pos­als get the go-ahead Team has a long his­tory in the sport, and a huge fol­low­ing at ev­ery race

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