Sergio Marchionne questions plans for next Formula 1 engines

Marchionne questions plans for next F1 engines
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Sergio Marchionne throws a potential spanner in the works of F1's plans for its next engine regulations.

Sergio Marchionne has thrown a potential spanner in the works of Formula 1's plans for its next engine regulations.

It was thought that the sport was speeding towards keeping the basic 1.6 litre V6 engines beyond 2020, but adding another turbocharger and removing much of the complex and expensive 'hybrid' elements.

"Double turbo instead of the electric motor?" La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes the Ferrari president as saying in Austria.

"I have told Liberty this morning, I believe that creating a power unit system that denies the development of technology is a mistake.

"Either we do something clever and consistent with the development or we forget it. These easy solutions to remove the hybrid parts of the engine, or to bring back the 12 cylinder aspirated engines, are in the past."

Ferrari are currently second in the constructors' championship, 33 points behind leaders Mercedes.

 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chairman Sergio Marchionne in the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello on September 10, 2014
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