Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has voiced his criticisms over the modified Formula 1 engines which will be brought into use for the 2013 season, with the current 2.4-litre V8 units set to be replaced by 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged powerplants.
F1’s last significant engine regulation changes came at the start of the 2006 season, with eight-cylinder engines replacing the previous V10 versions. However, di Montezemolo is not shy when sharing his opinions over the planned four-cylinder specification of 2013 and beyond.
“We are not going to build four-cylinder engines for road cars just because we now need them for Formula 1,” the Italian explained to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“Four cylinders…that sounds a bit pathetic for the top class. Couldn’t we have decided for a V6 turbo? We shouldn’t confuse saving money with being ‘cheap’; there are other ways of reaching the goals (motorsport governing body) the FIA wants us to in order to save money.”
Di Montezemolo went on to add that he will be supporting any changes to the idea. “When there’s even the smallest chance of avoiding the four cylinders, I want to go for it,” he continued, with Ferrari also being reported as requesting a delay for the introduction of four-cylinder power by at least one season.
“That’s right, but we need unity amongst all teams for that,” the 63-year-old concluded.