• Oct 28, 2008


Could one unthinkable action be followed by another? It may be, if Formula 1 heads get their wish for a standard engine for the racing series. Both Toyota, a team near the bottom of the standings, and Ferrari, which is up near the top as it usually is, have expressed their concerns about such a plan, with both entities threatening to pull out of the racing series if such a path were taken. A Formula 1 world without Ferrari is practically unfathomable, as is seeing a Prancing Horse powered by a McLaren/Mercedes powerplant.

Does one knee-jerk reaction deserve another? Probably not. Our guess is that cooler heads will prevail and the FIA will come up with another alternative to lower the costs of competing in F1. This is, after all, the path that the FIA often takes when it comes to making major rules changes. Thanks for the tip, everyone!

[Source: F1-Live, Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Easy to fix this..

      Revenue sharing.. Baseball does it, everyone can thank the Yanks, Mets, Dodgers for putting the Rays in the WS...

      If it works in Baseball it will work in F1. Or, go to a hard cap like football...
        • 6 Years Ago
        They already share revenues.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is not Ferrari taking their ball and going home. I wouldn't bother watching F1 with all the cars getting too similar. You can't take away the expensive circuits. Yes, it's expensive at the top, but not everyone has to be there. There are other cheaper forms of racing that other teams could compete in and do plenty well I'm sure. Brands like Ferrari though would have a hard time developing new technology in a lower, more limited series.
      -N
        • 6 Years Ago
        Besides... Ferrari already has a spec series: A1GP

        That series uses a spec Ferrari motor & the chassis is a slightly modified 2006 F1 design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't sweat any of this. FIA also said (and took to a vote/conference) the idea of WRC having a spec transmission. This transmission however would only work with transverse engines, meaning Subaru would have to leave WRC.

      Of course, FIA backed down and took a lot more realistic measures (like cutting the number of computer controlled diffs in the cars from 3 to 1). Expect FIA to do the same here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think F1 governing body did enough to make racing fairer.

      To reduce cost and add fairness to the competition, all teams should have an F1 issued chassis with F1 chosen engine and standardized (preferably plain white with a single F1 logo) body paint. And to make sure every team has the same chances (that is to make racing more interesting) all cars should be driven by F1 bred clones.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh yah. Why don't you stick to watching NASCAR?

        F1 = Innovation.

        A real solution would be to set a cap-space like most major sports.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you should stick driving your kids to soccer practice in your domestically-made SUV. F1 is clearly not for you. Go watch IRL or NECKCAR racing. It's more suiting for you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would leave too if F1 told me we would all have the same engines....Whats the point of racing then? They race to compete against each others technology marvel etc..its progressive...Instead they want to be nanny's and help the weak get some wins...It's not only about the drivers its about the car as well...
        • 6 Years Ago
        it sorta reminds me of a twisted version of IROC.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely. There's already a glut of spec-engine formulas out there and they serve their purposes well, but that's not what F1 is about. But in the end, this is more Max Mosley BS. Typical Max- float some bizarre proposal that's sure to get killed by teams/manufacturers so that his "compromise" will look tame in comparison.

        If Max & Bernie don't get shown the door, they're going to ruin the sport beyond repair.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have never been a Ferrari fan but this decision, especially if they stick to it, is sure to make me one. Someone had to stand up to the twin chowderheads in F-1 - Ecclestone and Mosley. The two old senile manipulators need to retire and let someone capable run F-1 racing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Majarvis,

      Perhaps you should read the rule. It is NOT pump gas. It is the same chemical compounds as pump gas which are very much tricked out and changes from race to race. If you put real pump gas in the F1 engines they would all hand grenade.

      • 6 Years Ago
      who cares about F1 and Ferrari, we have ice hockey of the sports world... NASCAR! heehaw!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nascar is wrong. Just wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Imagine the Ferrari car powered by Honda or vice verse?????????? Whata hell are they thinking......
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they don't do this. This is not Nascar with their silly car of the future. This is the elite carmakers competing to make the best car aerodynamically, but also with the best engines and other technologies. Seriously, a small engine running 19000 RPM's, isn't this exciting? Plus all these other things they discover that trickle down to regular cars. Ferrari is right. This is research and development cost to them. If there's nothing to come out of it, there's no reason for them to be in F1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This idea will not work and I applaud Toyota and Ferrari for their stand. In reality Formula 1 should not be about spec anything. Engines, chassis parts, ECU's, etc. should all be left up to the teams.

      The only thing that should be changed in terms of cost cutting is Bernie's extremely high price he charges to hold a race.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If F1 wants to contain engine costs, there are two words: PUMP GAS.
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