F1 engine plan is about control of the sport, says Horner
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Formula One's plan to introduce an alternative engine from 2017 ultimately comes down to a question of who runs the sport, according to Red Bull principal Christian Horner.
"I think it's about who controls Formula One," he told BBC television at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
"At the moment you've got two very powerful engine manufacturers that are working closely together and then you've got the promoter and governing body and the engine is the catalyst of that.
"I think Jean (Todt) and Bernie (Ecclestone) are trying to get control of the sport back through the introduction of a cost-effective available engine."
The governing International Automobile Federation, run by president Jean Todt, has sought expressions of interest ahead of a tender for a standard engine that would be cheaper and simpler than those offered by the main manufacturers.
The engine, which has yet to be approved by the Formula One commission, would be available as an alternative to the costly 1.6 liter V6 turbo hybrids.
The FIA has been backed by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Formula One currently has four engine makers -- Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda -- who have invested massively in the technology. The first two are far more competitive than the latter duo.
The four supply the 10 teams but an attempt to agree a cost cap on 'customer' engines, with the FIA suggesting an 'acceptable' sum of 12 million euros ($12.92 million), failed when Ferrari used veto powers they were granted decades ago. Continued...