The standard engine supply idea did not get much support from the car manufacturers involved in Formula 1. Several of them even suggested that such a rule may result in some manufacturers leaving the sport. Loosing manufacturers would almost automaticaly mean loosing teams – the very development the cost cutting is supposed to prevent from happening.
Mosley however does not seem to care what the manufacturers think. He dropped a bombshell today with the announcement that the FIA is to open the tender process for a standard engine in Formula 1 from 2010.
“The FIA will today open the tender process for the appointment of a third party supplier of engines and transmission systems to be used by competitors in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. The tender summary and requirements will be published on the FIA website shortly.”
To whom are FIA and Mosley especially actually willing to listen ?
FIA announced further details on standardised engine idea:
“The FIA intends to amend the regulations to require all F1 competitors to use a standardised engine. The provider will set out a detailed design and will either provide engines in full working order or the detailed designs to allow competitors to build their own standardised engine. Where competitors choose to build all or part of their standardized engine, the appointed provider will assist the FIA in ensuring all engines and parts have been built in accordance with the appropriate design and conforms to a performance output in a prescribed range.”