Mercedes Dismiss Standard Engine Solution

Following Ferrari's threat to end their long-time journey in Formula 1 should FIA impose a standard engine in 2010, Mercedes-Benz joined efforts with their championship rivals to stop the implementation of such a rule inside the sport. Motorsport Vice-President for Mercedes-Benz Norbert Haug argued that the solution will not be 'feasible' inside F1 and that the sport is also about technical development than just equalizing performances.

In an interview for German magazine 'Auto Motor und Sport', Haug insisted that cutting costs inside Formula 1 is necessary but it should not interfere with the technical challenge that has been represented the sport throughout its existence. “A solution can be found, but everyone must be prepared to compromise,” admitted Haug.

His statement comes only days after most manufacturers inside F1 have expressed their disapproval of implementing standard powertrains starting 2010. BMW and Toyota warned the International Automobile Federation that most F1 manufacturers will reconsider their future participation in the sport, while Ferrari released an official statement saying they will quit F1 unless they'll be allowed to manufacture their own powerplant.

A future meeting between FIA and FOTA (Formula One Teams Association) is scheduled to take place as soon as next week, with the standard engine issue being top of the list on the discussion board. BMW's Motorsport Director Mario Theissen insisted that his team will not be backing such a solution for the near future but argued that a compromise should be reached concerning the matter.

FIA's most recent statement – as a response to Ferrari's threat earlier this week – insisted that introducing a standard engine in Formula 1 is only one of the many proposals for the upcoming seasons. An alternative to it would be decreasing engine costs within the paddock to a maximum 5 million euros per unit and the engine manufacturers providing independent teams with a maximum 25 units per season.
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