Rob01 wrote:He is burning money for no purpose as we speak. FOTA is not going to agree to the new engine formula. The majors are not going to put up with a saloon engine. If for some reason it happens, Formula One should lose it's F1 designation.
I think actually, you'd be surprised.
Ferrari clearly don't want the I4 rules
Merc are hard to predict – they use I4s in some road cars, though admitedly it's not their primary market. They have been big on the hybrid idea though, so KERS boosted I4 may appeal to their marketting.
Renault will see this as an opportunity to push the type of engine they do well.
Coswerth would likely swing any way they like.
So that's the engine makers, now the teams.
Ferrari would clearly back the car maker's interests
McLaren probably don't care, given that they'll be moving to McLaren engines in 2015 anyway – they'll be able to design anything they like.
Red Bull will support it, given that Renault will
Merc will follow the car maker's lead
Renault will support it
Force India will likely follow Merc's lead again
Toro Rosso & Sauber will likely see it as an oportunity for more engine makers to join the fray, and to get something better than Ferrari's broken offcasts (remember last year when Ferrari got to change their engine for 'reliability reasons', and Sauber got left with the horribly unreliable engine)
All the back markers stuck with coswerth at the moment are likely to support it, given that engine and gearbox is one of their biggest handicaps at the moment.
So basically, it's likely that all but 1 teams would support the move, and even if merc were to oppose it, that's only 3 of the teams, and 2 of the 5 majors.