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SBD Global/February 3, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Ecclestone Upset By Formula One's Engine Woes Following Pre-Season Testing
Published February 3, 2014
OFF THE PACE: In London, Jonathan McEvoy reported Ecclestone was "responding to the evidence of this week’s first pre-season test in Jerez, where several teams have struggled with the unfamiliar fuel-efficient engines -- which, even when they have run, have proved only a fraction as loud as the old V8s with their banshee scream." As Ecclestone spoke, Red Bull’s top execs were "skulking away in mid-afternoon, unable to do any more testing after they grappled to fit their Renault-supplied power unit into the chassis." Overheating "was the result." F1 "feeds off the image of speed and glamour." The loudest and fastest cars in the world "are part of the allure." But in Jerez, some of the cars "were 11 seconds off the lap record" (DAILY MAIL, 1/30).
BUDGET CAP: AUTOSPORT's Kuntschik & Beer reported Red Bull Owner Dietrich Mateschitz "has expressed concern" over the implications of F1's planned budget cap. The revived cost cap plan "was announced as part of a package of imminent changes at the end of 2013, with the intention being to introduce it next season." Discussions about the exact format of the budget restrictions "are still taking place, but Mateschitz has misgivings about the potential format and how it would be enforced" (AUTOSPORT, 2/2).
AUSTRALIAN GP: KORA reported the current contract for Melbourne to host the Australian Grand Prix "will run out after the 2015 season," but Australian Grand Prix Corp. Chair Ron Walker believes that "it is only a matter of time before a new deal is signed." Walker: "I'm as confident as I can be" (KORA, 2/1).