F1 teams have not yet found common ground on changes to the sport’s engine rules, leading Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to warn that “nothing will change”.
At the end of last year the teams successfully resisted an attempt by FIA president Jean Todt and FOM chief Bernie Ecclestone to impose new engine regulations. However they are making little progress towards finding a solution of their own.
Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff said they are making progress on agreeing a fixed price for engine supply.
“There is an aspect of price reduction which is important to most of the teams and we tried to cover that in a framework agreement,” he said.
“Obviously it’s difficult to make everybody happy. Christian isn’t so happy. But I think we need to come up with a solution [by] the end of April. We need to ratify those regulations and at the moment, everyone is working hard to at least find the smallest common denominator.”
Horner, however, says the teams are lacking agreement in all areas.
“Fundamentally there was four criteria that were requested by the governing body to be met to ensure stability moving forward,” he said.
“Those four criteria were a significant reduction in cost to €12 million, the availability of supply or guarantee of supply, power convergence to within a relatively small bandwidth and to address the noise.”
“As we sit here now, we’re not anywhere near having met any of those criteria.”
Horner doubts a consensus will be reached before the end-of-April deadline.
“Unfortunately what will happen, as often is the case with these things, is time will run out at the end of the month and nothing will be achieved and nothing will change.”
“There is one more attempt in the Strategy [Group] meeting and [F1] Commission meeting at the end of this month to discuss and table the concerns and where we are. But failing that the regulations will inevitably stay as they are.”
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