2017 Formula 1 will drop the engine token system permitting teams’ freedom to build up next components for their power units.
The unsuccessful policy was introduced with the V6 engines in 2014. Currently, the system means engine manufacturers can only add performance gains to their engines by exchanging a limited number of development ‘tokens’ with the FIA.
In 2016 manufacturers are sanctioned to spend up to 32 tokens on upgrades.
However 2017 they will have freedom as the engine freezing token system is set to be scrapped.
Renault’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul was speaking at the Renault launch in Paris, taking place hot on the heels of a spate of high-level recent meetings about the future shape of the sport’s rules.
“The token system is being removed,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.
“One of the reasons we have all agreed to do this is that we all need the performance of the engine to converge.
“An F1 that is dictated by the performance of the engine is not good for anyone.
“You see it is not good for Mercedes, it is not good for Renault, Ferrari – we all have interest to change that.
“We have decided, also for the public, to stop the public being confused between the penalty system, the token system – we have decided to simply remove the token system.”