Bernie Ecclestone has revealed in an interview that he is unsure that the new V6 turbo engines will have a positive impact on Formula One.
The new engines are set to be used from 2014 onwards in an attempt to reduce costs, but Ecclestone fears it could have the opposite effect.
“What I tried to say to them [the teams] the other day is that they will have to spend a lot more money if they get it wrong,” Ecclestone told Autoweek. “The danger is that what will happen is what always happens with the manufacturers, which is that if it doesn’t work they will stop.”
Ecclestone was also worried that fans would not go to the grand prix live if the sound of the engines was not the same.
“There is a danger that the public may not visit the races because the sound isn’t what it was. I absolutely think it is a real possibility. People like what we have got. They like everything about it.
“Maybe we can make them sound like the current engines.”
The F1 supremo did however rule out a last-minute change in the rules for next season.
“The regulations have been passed and approved.”
Ecclestone’s comments will cause some concern for the engine manufacturers who have already spent so much money on developing the new engines. Quite whether his predictions materialize will be revealed next season, but fans of the V12 and V10 era will be dismayed by the switch to V6 engines.