Formula 1 Promoters Threaten To Switch To IndyCar

Harry Lay
by Harry Lay

The world of Formula One has been flipped upside down by new regulations approving the switch from current V8 engines to V6 turbos. The rev limiter has also been lowered from 18,000 rpm to 15,000 as a major change. As a result, many companies associated with the commercial side of the sport are very concerned about a decline in popularity. Renault and the FIA want to see F1 become more environmentally active while Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone feel that abandoning what F1 has become known for will affect ticket sales.

In fact, some companies and race promoters are becoming antsy and are threatening to move to IndyCar racing instead. Promoters feel that the signature engine note produced by the V8, V10 and V12 engines will be lost, and with it, a major part of Formula 1’s branding. Bernie Ecclestone cannot blame the companies and could hardly hold the race promoters at fault. Switching to V6 engines may prove to be trickier than imagined because the F1 is a bigger spectacle these days than it was in the past, when the racing itself mattered more than the commercial aspect.

[Source: Autoblog]

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  • Nick G Nick G on Jul 07, 2011

    This is one more episode in the power struggle that is F1. The rules have become so all encompassing, they can be tweaked at any time to give trailing teams a boost, so as to keep ratings up. F1 is no longer the celebration of new or radical thinking. It is hi-tech, regimentation, with as many variables controlled as possible. It has nothing of substance in common with the racing I grew up on. Indycars are pretty much the same. Different rules and rulers. Same problem.

  • Jotham Jotham on Jul 07, 2011

    Indycar is awesome! F1 is more awesome! Bernie is obviously making headlines and trying to flex muscle in front of the teams. Earlier this year he said they were considering spraying lawn sprinklers on the track for artificial rain, lol. Clearly they are not switching to Indycar.