F1 will be "destroyed" without independent engine - Ecclestone

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes introducing an independent engine in the next few years is essential to stop the sport being "destroyed".

F1 will be "destroyed" without independent engine - Ecclestone
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
(L to R): Donald Mackenzie, CVC Capital Partners Managing Partner, co-head of Global Investments with Bernie Ecclestone
Race winner Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 and the team
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
The power unit of the Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Bernie Ecclestone
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Listen to this article

Although the plans for a budget engine have been put on hold while manufacturers try to come up with an alternative proposal, Ecclestone still wants the power units to happen.

And as well as welcoming the financial boost that could come, Ecclestone thinks the independent engine will guarantee that is no single-team domination - which he thinks is driving fans away.

“It’s not good for the sport. It gets boring,” Ecclestone said in an interview with German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag about Mercedes' current performance.

“Some people just tune in for the start and then turn off their TV again because Mercedes makes the races rather boring. 

"With the engine of an alternative supplier we want to boost the competition and we want to make F1 more competitive throughout the field.”

F1 on the brink

Although the manufacturers are not happy about the idea of a cheaper engine being able to challenge them, Ecclestone insists the plan is not being considered as a way of driving the car makers away.

“It does not mean we want to get rid of the manufacturers, on the contrary,” he explained. “We just want to have powerful engines that can be bought and run cheaper than at the moment.

“The bottom line is: the discussions surrounding a new engine from 2018 are not finished but still ongoing. If we don’t reach an agreement between teams, the manufacturers and us, the FIA can install a new engine format.

“We must not allow F1 to be destroyed. But if we continue as we do at the moment we’re right on course to destroy it. I won’t let that happen.

“For sure there will be a different engine in the future or a different set of rules for a new engine which is more powerful and cheaper, too. This is clear to me.

“Technology must not be too dominant in this sport as we depend heavily on our audience. I think the majority of our audience isn’t interested in what engines we run. They don’t care about our highly complex technology either.

“They want exciting and entertaining races and lots of different winners. And this is what F1 has to deliver."

shares
comments

Wolff repeats warning for Hamilton and Rosberg

Bernie Ecclestone turns up the heat on F1 engine manufacturers

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The story of Ken Tyrrell's team How Tyrrell became a racing Rubik’s cube as it faded out of F1

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinuackas

Assessing Hamilton's Mercedes stint Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why new-look Haas is a litmus test Why new-look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Alex Kalinauckas

Assessing Wolff's Mercedes influence The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

The line-up Ocon, Gasly may emulate The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
GP Racing

Who were the fastest F1 drivers? Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Adam Cooper

Why Hulkenberg is ready for return Nico Hulkenberg: Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

Prime
Prime
Formula 1
Jonathan Noble

Why Vasseur relishes the pressure Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss