Mosley, Goeschel to meet over freeze
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, June 30th 2006, 22:24 GMT|
FIA president Max Mosley will meet with BMW board member Burkhard Goeschel next week, autosport.com has learned, as moves continue to try and reach a compromise on plans for a full engine freeze in the sport.
Although the FIA wrote to the teams at Indianapolis on Friday morning indicating that there was no backing down on plans for an engine freeze from 2008 until 2011, sources have revealed that Goeschel has now arranged a meeting with Mosley for Monday.
It is understood that the pair will discuss a possible solution to the current situation, which has left some of the sport's manufacturers unhappy about planned regulations for 2008.
Goeschel is the key figure in the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association (GPMA), which had threatened to launch a breakaway championship.
Although it is doubtful that a deal can be reached on heading off the engine freeze from 2008 because it does not have unanimous support in the pitlane, a deal could be brokered for 2007 to ensure that teams do not waste money developing an engine next season only to revert to their current power-units a year later.
Such a regulation could then be ratified by the Formula One Commission meeting on July 6.
Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn admitted on Friday that it would be annoying for those teams in favour of the freeze to be forced to develop their power-units next year if no deal can be reached on bringing the freeze forward.
"I think it would be very frustrating to develop an engine and then to go back to the engine we have this year," he said. "We have registered our engine with the FIA, so basically the engine we have now is an homologated engine.
"For the rest of this year and next we could develop that engine and would then have to go backwards again. That would be frustrating, so hopefully a solution can be found."
Discussions about engines are likely to figure prominently in a team bosses' meeting that is due to take place at Indianapolis on Saturday morning.