New engine formula possible for 2006 season
The Formula One teams have agreed on many of the changes proposed by the FIA, following Tuesdays meeting in Monaco, and some could be ratified as early as 2006, according to the bodys president, Max Mosley.
Mosley told reporters that he was delighted with the progress made at the meeting, and that all teams had agreed that costs in the sport need to be cut sooner rather than later.
As a result, many of the proposals originally intended for 2008 could now become reality in time for the 2006 season. Among them is a revised engine formula (exact details yet to be finalised) and the use of a single tyre supplier. Other smaller changes could be introduced earlier (for 2005) if the teams agree, and a revised qualifying system may even possibly see the light of day later this season.
Mosley reported that among the key points agreed were:
- Engines to last more than one race, with power reduced.
- Engine manufacturers to put forward additional proposals to cut engine costs by 50 per cent. This may be achieved through a new smaller, engine formula, or by extending the lifespan of V10 engines.
- Traction control and electronic driver aids to be outlawed.
- Standard brake discs, pads and calipers.
- Weight limits to be reduced.
- The need for a single tyre supplier.
- The need for a new qualifying system.
Click here for the full transcript of the press briefing with Max Mosley.