Mosley supports limiting engines

The financial pressures of F1 have been frequently discussed recently, with talks of a recession and the difficulty of finding sponsors. In an effort to keep costs down new proposals are being laid out that would limit drivers to one engine per...

The financial pressures of F1 have been frequently discussed recently, with talks of a recession and the difficulty of finding sponsors. In an effort to keep costs down new proposals are being laid out that would limit drivers to one engine per race weekend. If an engine failed in qualifying, the driver would then start from the back of the grid with a new one.

Max Mosely, head of the FIA, supports this idea: "Limiting the number of engines is one way of cutting down on the costs but not on the spectacle of Formula One." He said. "We need to do something, we are discussing it with the teams and they are mostly in favour. The earliest we can do this will be 2003 provided we reach agreement on this before October."

Mosely thinks the idea of cutting the number of engines should give some interesting results: ""Every now and again you get the leader of the championship starting from the back of the grid. When that has happened in the past because of rain or something that has improved the race."

Keeping costs down is one of the priorities at the moment; Mosely said it was the FIA's job to protect the sport and avoid a repeat of what happened to Prost. He thinks a small budget is preventing some of the smaller teams from being competitive.

"There is no doubt money is going to be tighter in Formula One but there are lots of economies teams can make before they have to pack up." He commented. "I think there are other teams with financial problems, and lots of them are having great difficulty putting together a budget to be reasonably competitive."

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