Brawn: Formula 1 now at a 'crossroads'
9 June 2017 – Formula 1 sporting chief Ross Brawn says the championship is now at a "crossroad" regarding future regulations, particularly the type of engine it will use.
Formula 1's last engine overhaul came in 2014, when it moved from naturally-aspirated V8s to turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power units, in a push to adopt a 'greener' image.
Last year, V6 units were secured through 2020, in a deal between the teams and the FIA, but simpler, cheaper and noisier engines are set to arrive from 2021.
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Brawn says getting Formula 1's next engine cycle "right" is of crucial importance, as the car industry heads towards electric technology, spurred on by Formula E.
Asked about Formula 1's future in a press conference at the Canadian Grand Prix, Brawn said: "I think the engine is the key element that we've got to get right.
"Along with the FIA, the teams and the interested engine suppliers, we're debating that at the moment, to understand what sort of engine we want for the future.
"I think Formula 1 is at a little bit of a crossroads, because obviously the automotive world is going off in a different direction now, with fuel cell cars, electric cars, autonomous driving…
"That's not Formula 1, so how do we find a relevant path for the future? We need a path that engages the fans, because if we don't have fans watching this sport, then we have nothing."
He continued: "I think there is a very careful balance between the technical challenge that we must retain in Formula 1, because I think that's a really important element, but then not overdoing it to the point where it becomes a distraction from the racing.
"But I would say that the attitude is very positive from the teams, and together with the FIA we are working hard to find good solutions for the future."
FIA President Jean Todt recently ruled out a return to V10/12 engines.