We won't give engines away, says BMW

There has been mixed paddock reaction to the FIA's move to allow traction control to stay in Formula 1 on the understanding that major manufacturers make "affordable engines" available to independent teams

We won't give engines away, says BMW

The immediate question of what exactly represents affordability has surfaced quickly, with a target figure of 10 million Euros being freely put about the Barcelona paddock. Petronas, for example, is currently said to pay around 25 million Euros for Sauber's supply of Ferrari engines, with the Scuderia insisting that the deal is only workable if it incorporates a profit margin for them.

While Mercedes has leant its support to the FIA's direction, BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen said in Barcelona: "We are not in a position to supply customer engines. We would have to improve our resources and our staffing levels first."

That would obviously have cost implications and Theissen added: "Ten million Euros would not even cover the cost of the engine parts and we are certainly not prepared to give engines away."

Indeed, there even seems to be some doubt as to whether BMW could supply its engine to a customer team at a comparable cost to Ferrari if the situation arose...

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