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Schumacher: power cut may be inevitable 23 Apr 2004

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari in the Thursday press conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Preparations, Imola, Italy, 22 April 2004

Michael Schumacher admitted yesterday that he would be in favour of a reduction in horsepower, even if it means slowing his dominant Ferrari down. FIA president Max Mosley is in favour of such a move.

"It's a matter of when we arrive at the limit and whether we can or can't cope," the world champion said. "Right now it's pretty obvious that the drivers can cope, but if development keeps going the way it is the relationship between the horsepower, the tyres and the aerodynamics may change and we may have to look at that and perhaps reduce the power.

"Ten years ago we had 3.5 litres and then we cut down to three litres after the events here at Imola. We went down to 600 bhp and everyone thought maybe the maximum would be 750 bhp. But now we have more than 900 and in two years I can see us knocking on 1000. That sort of power is out of proportion with the present size of the tyres and the aerodynamics package that we have now."

The German’s comments came just hours before the FIA revealed radical proposals for changes to the technical regulations that could see Formula One cars powered by 2.4 litre V8 engines (see separate story).