Formula 1: FIA agrees to delay engine rules to 2014 image

Formula 1 chiefs have agreed to delay the introduction of new engine regulations until 2014, in a move that will see the sport switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo power-units.

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.

The sport was due to switch from the current 2.4-litre V8s to the more fuel-efficient 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo engines in 2013, but the move has now been delayed by a year after the changes caused division amongst the manufacturers.

Ferrari was against the idea of four-cylinder engines, while Mercedes-Benz and Cosworth had expressed reservations about the costs involved of developing the new designs.