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FIA puts conditions on engine equalisation 21 Sep 2009

FIA Flag as the grid girls practice their routine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 22 March 2003

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, says it is happy for the teams to agree steps to eliminate performance differences between their engines, as long as it is achieved by lowering the output of the more powerful engines.

Engine development is effectively frozen under current F1 regulations, but there are fears that some engine makers may have still been able to gradually increase power by clever use of the changes which are permitted in order to aid reliability.

After the recent Italian Grand Prix, which saw Mercedes-powered cars fill four of the top six places, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali said the teams’ Engine Working Group would be considering equalisation measures for 2010.

Now, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council on Monday, the FIA has said it has no objection in principle, as long as there is no rise in engine power:

“Following suggestions that there is a differential between the performance of engines used in Formula One, the World Motor Sport Council has decided that should this be the case, and should the teams wish to eliminate this performance differential, they may be allowed to do so by reducing the performance of the more powerful engines. However, no engine upgrades will be allowed.”

Renault were allowed to make limited changes to their engine ahead of this season after rival teams agreed that the French manufacturer had fallen behind on power.