After the recent reports from the Ferrari team stating their concerns for the introduction of a standard engine, the FIA have now issued a press release.
“It seems the Ferrari Board were misinformed. The FIA has offered the teams three options, one of which is the so-called standard engine, and another that the manufacturers should jointly guarantee to supply power trains to the independent teams for less than €5million per season.
The FIA is delighted by Ferrari’s financial success and hopes this will be maintained. However, a number of teams find themselves facing costs which greatly exceed income. This is not sustainable. It is now for the manufacturers to agree one of the three FIA options or themselves produce concrete proposals to reduce costs to a sustainable level. If neither happens, the FIA will take whatever measures prove necessary to preserve a credible world championship for both drivers and constructors.”
The Toyota team president John Howett has now aired his views of the situation and said to Autosport,
“The issue is we don’t want a standard engine. If it is forced through, then (quitting) is not a decision we will take here, it will be taken by the board in Japan, but they want a degree of differentiation between teams.
We are not interested in producing the same engine…it does not add any value for a manufacturer.
It is really too early to speculate what will happen. We have to see whether the FIA listens to FOTA’s opinion, and whether or not the regulations change for F1.”