In the current trackside discussions about possible new rules for the future, some teams are pushing for a radical change on the engine front. According to the largest Austrian daily, Kronen Zeitung, Renault and also BMW are fully behind the push for small turbo-charged engines for the 2012 season and beyond.

The newspaper said those teams have proposed a 1.5L capacity for the turbos, with 1.5 bar boost. Ferrari's current reliability problems aside, it is no surprise the Italian marque's rivals are pushing for the end to the current 2.4L normally-aspirated V8 era.

One key speed trap at the Valencia circuit last weekend captured Sebastien Bourdais (313kmh), Kimi Raikkonen (313), Sebastian Vettel (313), Felipe Massa (312) and Adrian Sutil (311) monopolising the top five positions in terms of sheer top-end grunt. All of the aforementioned drivers use Ferrari engines.

Late last year FIA president Max Mosley also hinted at the possibility of a return of turbocharged engines in F1. Whilst declaring peace with the carmaker union GPDA's Burkhard Goeschel in Munich last November, Mosley suggested that the end of normally-aspirated engines in grand prix racing would coincide with a more environmentally friendly sport of the future.

"The capacity would be up for discussion because we don't want to have a ridiculous level of horsepower," he said, adding that the engines would rev to a minimum of 15,000rpm and use 'bio fuel'.