Force India: Teams in dark about F1 future

Saturday 23rd September, 2017 - 8:33am


A change to engine regulations is due in 2021

Teams are “getting nothing” from Liberty Media about the future of Formula 1, according to Force India’s Bob Fernley.

F1 chiefs have held discussions with team bosses about new engine regulations which would be introduced in 2021, a key plank in the championship’s cost cutting aims.

However, Fernley says he expected to have a clear direction by now.

“I’m disappointed in some ways,” the Force India deputy team principal told Autosport.

“We have done an awful lot of talking and an awful lot of ideas have come through.

“But when we’re nine months down the road, you’d have thought we’d have been firming something up a bit more now.

“The engine programme should be finalised because that is the cornerstone of the cost control programme.

“Cost control should be coming though very closely behind it, if that’s where we’re going, because people have to respond to it.

“The clock is ticking, it won’t be long until we’re into next year.

“I was hoping we would be seeing something now, at least a skeleton of where we’re going but we’re getting nothing at all.”

Fernley believes there have now been enough talks and the responsibility lies with F1’s owner Liberty Media to make firm decisions.

“There has been a lot of meetings behind closed doors,” he said.

“Really now, it’s a case of Liberty presenting something that can be considered.

“Ross (Brawn, F1’s sporting boss) has taken a very careful approach to everything, he’s talked to all the teams, he’s got all the feedback.

“They have a direction they want to go into. Now they need to get something out in the discussion process to all teams.” comment policy

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