Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa says his Formula One team wants to see the return of downsized turbocharged engines to the sport.
Rumours first surfaced on the internet last week that F1 bosses were mulling over the switch to four-cylinder 1.5-litre trubocharged engines from 2013. Felisa, speaking exclusively to Autocar at the Beijing motor show, confirmed this was the case and that his team would support it.
The switch to smaller turbo engines is designed to make F1 technology more relevant to road cars, something Felisa is keen to push. He also wants to see new Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology introduced to make the cars more economical still.
"F1 has to set up something that's helpful for the real world," he said. "The best solution is for an engine that is turbocharged and GDI," said Felisa. "That is what we would support. It is the best solution for driving efficiency and utilisation of the engine in a positive way."
Felisa also confirmed Ferrari will also make use of direct-injection and turbo technology in its road cars to boost efficiency.