Abiteboul: 2021 engine talks ‘won’t be easy’


Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has said that Formula 1 shareholders will struggle to come to an agreement on the future of the sport.

There is a general understanding that there are weaknesses with the current engines used in Formula 1, but Abiteboul believes that devising a better plan will be no easy task.

"That's typically an area where solutions will not be easily found, because of the complexity of the technology, because of the complexity of the question," Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.


"You need to satisfy car makers who are financing the sport in the current model. Maybe a different model could be found where car makers are not so important for the business model of the sport, but it's not [currently] the case.

"You need also to satisfy the fans, you need to satisfy the customer teams, so that question is not an easy one to resolve.

"I think there can be some consensus found on the diagnosis – what's good, and what's bad with the current formula.

"I think a solution will be more difficult to find, but not just because of political reasons, or because of competitive advantage, although there will always be a little bit of that with people that are currently at the top who will try to protect the advantage that they built, and that's fair enough.

"Apart from that I think what will be a struggle for the group will be to find the right answer to a diagnosis which I think is well shared between the teams, the FIA and Liberty."