Formula one has taken another step towards overturning the scheduled 2013 engine rules.
We reported on Sunday that Bernie Ecclestone summoned a meeting of the F1 Commission to take place at Heathrow airport on Wednesday.
On the agenda was the formal scuttling of Jean Todt’s four-cylinder regulations, because F1 chief executive Ecclestone as well as engine makers Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth were opposed.
Ecclestone is arguing that Todt improperly introduced the four-cylinder rules without first going to the F1 Commission, and the whisper on Wednesday is that the body has now “unanimously” rubber-stamped an alternative.
Telegraph correspondent Tom Cary revealed on Wednesday that F1 will stick with its current V8 engines through 2013 and then switch in 2014 to a new turbo 1.6 litre V6 formula.
“Unconfirmed as yet,” he clarified.
The Times’ Kevin Eason agreed: “A whiff of compromise. Fascinating engine configuration though.”
Cary said the new rules will be voted on via fax by the World Motor Sport Council on Monday.
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