Formula One aims to agree 2021 engine rules

The FIA has cleared Ferrari following speculation over the legality its energy recovery system

Mercedes and Renault requested the governing body investigate Ferrari's battery system with claims it might include a secondary system able to deliver a performance boost above the regulated output. "Picking out individuals is not, I think, the right thing to do".

Formula 1 owners Liberty Media have scored a key victory over the notoriously powerful manufacturers regarding the engine regulations for 2021.

"It's not the most sustainable message we're sending out but we can understand that from a spectacle standpoint it is something you need to consider and accept", said Wolff.

"We have given up on some of the stand points", he said.

However, attempts to make the current V6 turbo hybrid power unit cheaper, simpler and louder have been met with the great resistance, particularly from Mercedes and Ferrari who threatened to quit F1 if they didn't agree with the direction taken. It has also pushed a marketing message based on efficiency around its F1 success and developed its V6 turbo to power the recently-launched Project One road auto.

"The maximum number of revolutions will increase, the restrictions on fuel consumption will be cancelled and, in my opinion, the sound of the engines will become louder", he added.

Mercedes are closely aligned with Ferrari in their future vision for the sport - its terms are up for renewal after 2020 - but Wolff hopes their relationship has not been affected.

"I think we can not close our eyes to what's going on in the world".

"If we had a hard case, we would have gone to the stewards, but we didn't have anything".

It has proposed a cost cap; changes to the technical rules to simplify the cars, bring costs down and make the racing closer; a more equitable revenue distribution; and a change to the engine rules.

"It is no different to anything else we do, except it was more complex". There is a discussion around dyno limitations, we don't want to continue to out-grow each other with more infrastructure.

"The only major thing we need to sort is we are still spending a lot on engine development and we need to avoid double spending improving the current engine and also doing the new one".

The Austrian also claimed that the FIA's version of events were not correct.

Regarding cost caps, he said Liberty had recognised that there needed to be a gradual process rather than any sudden imposition. "It needs to go over several years and it needs to consider the various structures that have been put in place, they are taking our feedback on board and it is clear that we will all be protecting our structures in a way - we have all expressed that to them".

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