Bernie ready to ‘force’ teams to return to V8s



Formula 1 will return to V8 engines in 2016, if Bernie Ecclestone gets his way.

The sport switched to the greener 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines with extensive energy recovery systems ahead of the 2014 season, but drivers, stakeholders, fans and pundits have all been unimpressed by its lack of noise.

More importantly for those involved in the sport, Mercedes have dominated F1 since the introduction of the V6 engines with Ferrari and Renault unable to match them.

There have been calls for change and, while many believe it is too late to return to V8s ahead of 2016, Ecclestone is ready to force the issue.

“I don’t think we should get consent from the teams. I think we should just do it and say to them, ‘If you don’t like it you can go to arbitration’,” he told The Independent. “We could get the V8s back next year. People can build them in no time so we ought to do it.”

Despite being ready to switch back to the V8s, which were used from 2006 until 2013, Ecclestone feels the V6s engines were not a bad idea.

“This engine shouldn’t have been that complicated, to be honest with you,” he said. “It was only when the engineers got hold of it that it became complicated. The product is not fit for the purpose.”