In the week prior to the Spanish Grand Prix -- a race where Ralf Schumacher scored three points for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team -- the Formula One team principals and technical experts met Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President, Max Mosley, to discuss...
In the week prior to the Spanish Grand Prix -- a race where Ralf Schumacher scored three points for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team -- the Formula One team principals and technical experts met Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President, Max Mosley, to discuss the future of the pinnacle of motor racing. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen provides his point of view.
"Prior to the Spanish Grand Prix, many of the well-known faces of Formula One met in Monaco for a highly constructive discussion, at the FIA meeting on 4th May," said Theissen. "The goals listed in the FIA proposal are aimed at significantly reducing the costs while improving the show. Quite obviously, BMW is supporting these goals."
"But in spite of all these discussions you must never forget that Formula One is the pinnacle of motor racing and should keep this position, concerning sport, business and technology in equal measure. For BMW, this position represents the main reason for its Formula One involvement."
"When it comes to the cost reduction measures, BMW is mainly dealing with those measures concerning the engine. In Monaco, everybody agreed that the costs in this area must be dramatically reduced. All engine manufacturers have agreed to jointly frame the proposition for engine regulations in order to achieve this goal."
"We are supporting many of the technology recommendations of the FIA proposal and we will bring in further proposals at the forthcoming meetings of the task force. The key factor to reduce engine costs - particularly for the independent teams who have to pay for their engines - is the number of engines that are required over the course of a season. We are prepared to extend the mileage of an engine to three race weekends. Should this measure be combined with a limited testing programme, a 50-percent reduction of the engine production costs will be viable."
"The technological concept of the engine, however, is far less important when it comes to reducing the costs. Bearing in mind the stability of the regulations and to avoid a further increase of costs, we are proposing a perpetuation of the current 3-litre V10 concept. The increased mileage and technical limitations would reduce the horsepower output of the engines by some 100 bhp, thus increasing the lap times and reducing the top-speeds without losing the fascination of the 10-cylinder engine."