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Traction control to stay for 2004 02 May 2003

Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 6 April 2003

Traction control will remain legal for the 2004 Formula One season, following agreement between the teams and the sport's governing body, the FIA. At a meeting in London on April 29 the teams successfully argued that removing such systems would lead to significant extra costs.

A statement signed by the teams and the FIA explained: "The teams unanimously were able to demonstrate that the elimination of traction control would involve very significant additional costs for all teams and engine manufacturers. The teams therefore unanimously requested the FIA not to proceed with a ban on traction control for 2004.

"The FIA agreed on the clear understanding that this would enable the engine manufacturers to supply the independent teams with engines at a fully affordable cost having regard to the current business climate. The FIA agreed that, provided engines are supplied on this basis, these arrangements will remain in place indefinitely."

The teams and the FIA did, however, agree to a complete ban on automatic gearboxes and launch control for 2004.