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GP Week : Issue 219
F1 >>> nEWs Never one to shy away from an opinion, or a headline, Bernie ecclestone has reveleaded he is pushing for revised engine regulations that will give teams 1000 horsepower for 2017. Ecclestone has been particularly vocal of his dislike of the current engine regulations, which he claims are hurting the show. He cites a lack of noise as a key issue, and thinks the sport is currently too easy for drivers, suggesting a return to the previous engine regulations would go a long way to solving those issues. "We need to go back to engines whose costs are more reasonable and we need to intervene with maximum urgency," Ecclestone said during the buildup to the weekend. "We’d just need to take the old V8 engines and modify them by increasing displacement to bring power output near 1,000 horsepower. People would return, the show would return, sponsors would return." However following discussions with the teams during the course of the weekend Ecclestone's view changed slightly. Though he remains insistent that the power increases he conceded a return to V8s was probably not realistic. "The two things that have to happen are whoever supplies the engines to the teams have to supply the same engines as they currently use," he claimed. "If it’s going to be the current engine upgraded to 1,000 horsepower, then good – and they need to supply it at a price the team can afford to pay." Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed Ecclestone's request had been herd by the teams, though pleaded caution ahead of any change to the regulations. "By 2017 those engines, between all manufacturers, are going to have north of 900 horsepower," explained Wolff. "Then it's a question of how do you want to market that? "The discussion about a 1,000-horsepower engine has been around quite a while," he added. "Does it make a big difference between having 950 horsepower or 1,000? "I think there are pretty easy tools to increase the horsepower, and this is increasing fuel flow. If you want to increase the fuel flow by 10kgs an hour or 20kgs or whatever it is, then you are going to have more than 1,000 horsepower. "You need to redesign crucial components of the engine, you need to make them more reliable, and that again involves a lot of development costs. "There are various groups coming together in terms of how the 2017 rules can look like in terms of power unit, and in terms of the chassis side. Yesterday there was a very valuable meeting, Charlie [Whiting] was there, Bernie was there, and concepts have been put in place to make it a spectacular new formula in 2017. "I appreciate very well that it needs to be a spectacular formula, and if that's the way forward then we should continue to work on it." ecclestone wants more power 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: