Despite assertions to the contrary, Ferrari is reportedly unhappy with F1’s ambitions to switch engine configuration to a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine formula for the 2013 Ferrari is apparently resisting any change to the engine regulations for 2013 season onwards.

We reported earlier this week that a broad outline of the future of the sport’s technical regulations – which included turbocharged engines and ground-effect aerodynamics – had been agreed to by the majority of F1 teams, but it would seem that Ferrari is not among that consortium, according to Italy’s Autosprint.

The magazine is reporting that the Maranello squad wants the sport to revert to a 1.8-litre normally-aspirated V6 configuration, which it argues would be easier to adapt from the current 2.4-litre V8 engines used.

Luca Marmorini, Ferrari’s engine boss, has reportedly claimed that there wouldn’t be enough time to implement a completely new engine design “with the necessary reliability to have only four units [per driver], as they would like” by 2013, in addition to arguing that a 4-cylinder design would necessitate a complete overhaul of chassis designs.

As one of F1’s richest teams, Ferrari was a vocal opponent to the budget cap proposals that were being floated in mid-2009, and even threatened to quite F1 entirely.

In a follow-up interview with Corriere dello Sport, team boss Stefano Domenicali pulled out the tried and trusted threat quit, hinting that anyone who thought F1 would be the same without Ferrari was “wrong”.

“Depending on how the rules are configured,” he warned, “[Ferrari could seek a new environment in] Le Mans or the major American championships.”

A threat which will no doubt having the powers that be quaking in their boots!

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.